Captain Corellis Mandolin – Edited
The beautiful Greek island of Cephallonia during Word War II provides a breathtaking backdrop for this love story. The remote island has been untouched by the war in Europe, until occupied by a company of Italian soldiers led by fun-loving, mandolin playing Captain Corelli [Nicholas Cage]. He eyes the beautiful Pelagia [Penelope Cruz], who lives with her father, Dr. Iannis [John Hurt]. He also learns she is engaged to local fisherman Mandras [Christian Bale]. The captain and his soldiers win over their Greek captives by entertaining them with their singing and dancing. The captain always carries his mandolin rather than firearms, and insists that his men treat the Greeks with respect. Mandras goes off to war, promising Pelagia they will marry when he returns. Disaster and tragedy soon follow, when German soldiers appear, forcing the Italian to surrender their arms. The story has really just begun.
This is a really good WWII flick. Take it from someone who spent Saturday afternoons, as a kid, going to B grade WWII movies. It’s all there: drama, action, love story, good music, intense emotion, a moral dilemma and wonderful acting all wrapped up in a story that’s believable and wonderfully told. The violence depicted is not overdone: its message lets us know once again: “War is hell”. Absolutely nothing is taken away from watching this edited version. Who really needs to hear potty-mouth language, along with gratuitous sex, when the story carries itself right into your heart? Well worth seeing.