CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN (2001)
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
Captain Antonio Corelli
“i have always found something in life worth singing about and for that I cannot apologize.”
Shawn Slovo (screenplay)
Louis De Bernières (novel)
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin takes place during the Second World War on the beautiful Greek island of Cephallonia, beginning just before the invasion by the Italian Forces. It is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Louis de Bernières. Nicolas Cage plays Antonio Corelli, an Italian Captain assigned to the artillery garrison to keep the peace.
It is a love story about the romance between Pelagia, a beautiful and spirited Greek woman and Antonio, a music-loving, peaceful man; and it is a study of the atrosities of war and how it affects the ordinary people. The theme of music is prominent in the movie, showing how beauty can be created even amongst the horrors of war.
When Italy signs an agreement with the Allies, the Italian forces are left without orders. Should they surrender or fight against the Germans? The men decide for themselves that they will join forces with the Greek resistance fighters and fight. The culmination of the movie is the depiction of that fight and the tragic and true events that follow.
Nicolas Cage movie quote:
“I thought it had a classic quality to it. It’s a love story set on this breathtakingly beautiful Greek island in the middle of a war. There’s always an eerie beauty to people who are frozen in those kinds of moments where the future is very uncertain and yet they are having this intense relationship. War is an event that intensifies and focuses our passions because the present takes on an incredible urgency when you’re not sure what the furutre holds for you. It was very interesting and moving for me personally to put myself in the head of my character”.
From the DVD cover:”This movie is dedicated to the thousands of Italian soldiers executed by German forces on the island in September 1943 and to the people of Cephallonia who were killed in the post-war earthquake.”
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