Here, the Italians are more interested in singing than fighting which the German troops on the island simply can't understand, and are ecstatic when Italy makes peace and withdraws from the war - until they discover that this may well make them prisoners of the Germans. Antonio becomes a part of the lives of the villagers, but the moment is fleeting. I just finished reading an interesting book about the German occupation of Britain's Channel Islands in which this was a major issue. Greece defeated Italy quite true from a historical perspective and was really conquered by the Germans. It was actually in 1953.
Penelope Cruz played Pelagia, a young Greek girl engaged to be married to Mandras Christian Bale. Captain Corelli's Mandolin 2001 In 1941, Italy allies with Germany and ruthlessly conquers the much weaker country of Greece. The second background issue is the Italian occupation itself, which I thought was quite realistically portrayed. This, of course, was a dilemma that came to many young women in occupied lands. It was all quite well done, I thought.
Spiros In 1941, Italy allies with Germany and ruthlessly conquers the much weaker country of Greece. In 1940, war rages throughout Europe, but the fighting has yet to arrive on the Greek island of Cephallonia, where life continues to follow its own slow, deliberate path until word arrives that Italian troops have invaded neighboring Albania. I had questions about the depth of their love from the start, but their future was torn apart when Italy invaded Greece, and Mandras went off to fight. 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. Father Aresenios as Dimitris Kamperidis. After German intervention, Greece is conquered and the island Pelagia lives on comes under Italian occupation, during which Pelagia meets and begins to fall in love with Captain Corelli Nicholas Cage. The daughter of the village doctor, Pelagia is an educated and strong-willed woman, and while at first offended by the Italian soldier's behavior, she slowly warms to his certain charms as they are forced to share her father's home.
Cast Cast overview, first billed only:. 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. 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.
The love triangle is an interesting one and strikes me as believable, because I know it happened in various places under occupation. The idyllic beauty of Greece's Mediterranean coast has been invaded by Italy, bringing legions of soldiers to the once tranquil island of Cephallonia. First was the contempt with which the island treated their Italian occupiers. It falters a bit at the end with an all too predictable finish, but still deserves praise. Although Hitler and Mussolini were close friends, their soldiers tended to treat each other with contempt. As they got to know their occupiers, they started to see them not as the enemy but as real people, and sometimes fell in love - often to the disapproval of their neighbours.
The Italian Army was never enamoured of their German ally, and never enthusiastic about fighting with them. Her beauty and intelligence have captured his heart, and his fondness for the village's vibrant community causes him to question his reasons for fighting. As the war grows ever closer, Antonio and Pelagia are forced to choose between their allegiance to their countries and the love they feel for one another-a love which must overcome tremendous odds, and endure the inevitable sacrifice which accompanies eternal devotion. A wave of anti-Axis patriotism sweeps the island, and Mandras more. On a remote Greek island, an Italian artillery garrison is established to maintain order. Once Mandras returns to the island, Pelagia is torn between them. Synopsis Louis de Bernières' best-selling novel of love during wartime is brought to the screen in this story that blends comedy, action, and romance.
At the end of the credits, the movie is dedicated to the memory of those who died in the post-war earthquake of 1953. 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. Velisarios, The Strongman as Pedro Sarubbi. When Pelagia's fiancee, a local fisherman, heads off to war, the friendship between Antonio and Pelagia grows even stronger. The refusal of the town to surrender to the Italians and instead to insist on surrendering to a German officer struck me as something that could well have happened and was quite funny in fact. Captain Antonio Corelli, an officer with an irrepressibly jovial personality and passion for the mandolin, initially alienates a number of the villagers, including Pelagia. .
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