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"Captain Corelli's Mandolin" Companion [Hardcover]

Steve Clark , Louis de Bernieres
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3 May 2001
The island of Cephallonia is now familiar as the setting of the novel, "Captain Corelli's Mandolin". This book explores the turbulent history of the island, focusing on the World War II years of Italian occupation, as well as telling the behind-the-scenes story of how the film version was made. As most buildings on Cephallonia fell to rubble in a 1953 earthquake, the way it would have looked in World War II had to be recreated by sets built for the filming of Louis de Bernieres' now legendary "Captain Corelli's Mandolin". But do not expect the novel to be reproduced so faithfully because that is not the film-makers' style. They add their own visions, carefully explained here in an official companion to the movie, and de Bernieres' introduction shows how he anticipated that. All he could do to ensure respectful treatment of his novel was insist it should not be sold to Hollywood. The history of the filming is itself fascinating - the search for the cast, the locations, even the guns for the massacre of the Italians by the Germans and the other battle sequences. Film journalist Clark has done a good job here, aided and abetted by the stunning Greek island setting and ample action and character stills from the film.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; First Edition, First Impression edition (3 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747237700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747237709
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Clark has been specialising in behind-the-scenes reports on television programmes for more than twenty years. He is author of The Only Fools and Horses Story (BBC Books, 1998), The World of Jonathan Creek (BBC Books, 1999), On Set (Blake Publishing, 1999), Captain Corelli's Mandolin - The Illustrated Film Companion (Headline, 2001), Only Fools and Horses: The Official Inside Story (Splendid Books, 2011) and The British Television Location Guide (Splendid Books, 2013). He lives in Hampshire with his wife and their two children. He doesn't drive a Robin Reliant... but he'd secretly quite like one.

Sir David Jason says: "Author Steve Clark's book The Official Inside Story is the definitive history of Only Fools and Horses. He is the expert on the series. It is nice to know that the legacy of this classic show lives on for a new generation. As Del Boy would say: 'You know it makes sense!'"

Dan Sullivan says: "For more than two decades Steve Clark worked closely with Only Fools and Horses and its creator, my Dad, John Sullivan OBE. On set and location he has extensively interviewed both cast and crew, and that is why I can happily recommend this book as the only truly Inside and Official telling of the Only Fools and Horses story available."

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Steve Clark is an author and freelance journalist who has been specialising in behind-the-scenes reports on film and television for more than ten years. He lives in Southsea in Hampshire.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a great book 6 Nov 2013
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after seeing the movie it was very nice to read a lot more about the history of the island and the happenings during the war. It also gives you a nice overwiev of all the behind the scene preparations/work that helped making to movie. There is a lot of nice pictures. For people who liked the book and the movie this book is a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality book full of interesting information 15 Sep 2001
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Having watched the film, I found this book very interesting. It contains background information on Cephalonia and life during the war, superb photographs, insight into the characters and conversation with the actors who played them. Very well written and assembled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book to remember a wonderful film 30 Mar 2002
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Luis de Berniere's novel was very good and its film was even better. I was so impressed by the film that I wanted to remember it long after I have seen it. Steve Clark's book is full of wonderful pictures as well as detailed information about the cast, the story, the scenery, the music, the historical background and the making of the film. Nicolas Cage and P.Cruz fans can find their various pictures in the book. For those who have liked the film, this is a very good book to own. Although we can find most books in our stores, it would probably be impossible to find this specific book, so thanks to for letting me have it.
8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a view from a cefallonian 18 Aug 2001
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I am in love with this book.I highly recomend it if you have seen, and liked the movie. It will probably win an oscar for best cinematograhy. The book gives all the little details about the movie, and all my god, the pictures are incredible. from Cefalonia with love
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a book to remember a wonderful film 24 Mar 2002
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I had watched 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' twice and liked it very much because of the romance, the beautiful scenery, the music, the historical facts and the wonderful acting of Nicolas Cage. I am very happy to have this book because I want to remember this film long after I have seen it. The pictures in the book are very nice and it was also enjoyable to read about all the details about the making of this film. N.Cage and P.Cruz fans can find their numerous pictures in this book. We can find most books in the bookstores in my country but this specific book is very probably will not be one of them so I'd like to thank for giving me the chance to have it.
Everybody who are deeply impressed with this film should have this book.
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