Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, In 1941, Italy allies with Germany and ruthlessly conquers the much weaker country of Greece. On a remote Greek island, an Italian artillery garrison is established to maintain order. One Italian officer, Captain Corelli, adopts an attitude of mutual co-existence with the Greeks and engages in such activities as music festivals and courting the daughter of a local doctor. In 1943, however, after Italy surrenders to the Allies and changes sides in the war, Captain Corelli must defend the Greek island against a German invasion.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Unlike many, I have not read the book and so I watched this purely as a film in its own right. I’m not especially keen on romance dramas, and I expected this to be a bit slushy and/or operatic so I was rather hesitant about going to see it in the first place…
But I’m glad I did, because it was good. Beautiful, “feel good” scenery and with a light touch of humour that made it rather more endearing than a straight drama would have been. The romance was gentle, inoffensive and sufficiently interwoven with enough “proper” story-telling to keep my interest, and the score was not too obtrusively operatic.
Overall, the film takes a satisfying circular route from start to finish, inducing a range of emotions as it progresses. It’s about 2 hours long, but I didn’t find myself fidgeting or looking at my watch once – and that’s quite a feat for me!! Very enjoyable.
The film is a true depiction of went on in Cephallonia during the war and after.