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Captain Corelli's Mandolin [DVD] [2001]


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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, John Hurt, Christian Bale, Irene Papas
  • Directors: John Madden
  • Writers: Louis de Bernières, Shawn Slovo
  • Producers: Debra Hayward, Enfys Dickinson, Eric Fellner, Jane Frazer, Kevin Loader
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Mar 2002
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005U1XL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,463 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Big budget Hollywood adaptation of the novel set on the Italian-occupied Greek island of Cephalonia during the 1940s. Captain Corelli (Nicolas Cage), an opera-loving mandolin player, finds the population resentful when he first arrives on the island. But soon his involvement with local beauty Pelagia (Penelope Cruz) helps him form a bond with the local community and he starts to question his own involvement in the war. The tentative love affair between Corelli and Pelagia is then tested by the brutal arrival of the Germans in 1943.

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While Captain Corelli's Mandolin may frustrate admirers of Louis de Bernières' densely detailed novel, it proves Shakespeare in Love director John Madden is a worthy craftsman of literary films. It's a tastefully old-fashioned adaptation, preserving the novel's flavour while focusing on its love story set against the turbulence of World War II. Set on the Greek island of Cephallonia, the drama begins in 1940 with occupation by Italian troops, awkwardly allied with the Nazis and preferring hedonistic friendliness over military intimidation. That attitude is most generously embodied by Captain Corelli (Nicolas Cage), who is instantly drawn to the Greek beauty Pelagia (Penélope Cruz) despite her engagement to Mandras (Christian Bale), a resistance fighter whose absence leaves Pelagia needy for affection. Mandras's eventual return--and the inevitable attack by German bombers and ground troops--threaten to stain this Greek-Italian romance with deeply tragic bloodshed.

Accompanied by pensive serenades from the captain's cherished mandolin, the film charts the unlikely attraction of Corelli and Pelagia, whose wizened physician father (splendidly played by John Hurt) fears for the worst. Their love is uneasy (and Cage's miscasting doesn't help), but the island's beguiling atmosphere is as seductive to them as it is to the viewer, thus making the outbreak of violence--and a climactic earthquake--jarringly traumatic. Emphasising nobility in war and the many definitions of love, the story's wartime context intensifies the film's admirable depth of emotion. Faults will be found by anyone who's looking for them, but Captain Corelli's Mandolin remains a sensuous, richly layered film that die-hard romantics will find hard to resist.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By castor_troy_621@hotmail.com on 6 April 2002
Format: DVD
To make a film out of De Bernieres book was always going to be an impossible task. However, the film that did end up being given the title "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" is very good. It is not the book, it does not have many of the characters and most of the sub plots. Nevertheless, it does capture the feelings of the island and the main characters. The film is visually stunning and the acting is not too bad either. Nicolas Cage, who plays Corelli, does have an accent problem but you soon forget it and just enjoy the film. Penelope Cruz (Pelagia) is good and plays her part well. However, John Hurt emerges as the true star in this film. His Greek accent is amazing and his acting superb. Overall, this film is very good and deserves to be watched.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Haschka HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Feb 2004
Format: VHS Tape
CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN is based on the book of the same title by Louis De Bernieres. "Based", at its loosest definition, is the operative term here. I would estimate that about 60% of the film has been faithfully translated from the book, the remainder being concocted from scratch to enhance the dramatic elements for an audience's short attention span. On the other hand, about 50% of the original, written version has been ignored. When one realizes that the film depicts a time span of about 7-8 years, while the novel's plot spans over 50, then this truncation is not unexpected.
CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN is a truly excellent literary piece. The screen adaptation is ...well, not bad, especially if it's your first exposure to the story. The main character is Pelagia, a young woman growing up with her widowed father on the Greek island of Cefallonia during World War Two, and who loves two men: Mandras, a neighbor who fights both with the Greek Army and the partisans, and Captain Antonio Corelli, an officer serving with the Italian occupying force. Generally speaking, both the book and the film examine the effects of the conflict on all four. The vast difference is in the particulars.
Since the cinematic version was photographed entirely on Cefallonia itself, what it accomplishes superbly is to enable you to visualize the locales if you subsequently read the book for the first time, or again. (Not surprisingly, Pelagia's house, the village, and the beach were everything I'd imagined them to be in my mind's eye. This was most satisfying.) Moreover, Nicolas Cage is a perfectly adequate personification of the charming, music loving Captain Corelli. (Indeed, I understand that Cage learned to play the mandolin specifically for the role.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 May 2002
Format: VHS Tape
It would have been virtually impossible for all the detail included in de Bernières' original to be depicted in a film, and so to compare the two would be somewhat unfair. It is true to say that both plot and sub-plot lost something through adaptation, but this film definitely serves its purpose as a war-time romance, the mystery of Cephallonia adding to its overall charm. Cage, Cruz and Hurt are magnificent in portraying the passion and emotion of their respective characters in terms of nationality, and in doing so create a thoroughly diverse and enjoyable cast.
My only criticism is concerned with the romantic aspect of the film; the duration of Corelli's absence was far longer in the novel, thus extending Pelagia's despair and consequently making their eventual reunion more powerful.
In short, do not be led to expect the novel. Instead, enjoy the beauty, the humour and above all, the romance of this adaptation, perfect for a quiet evening in.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 2002
Format: DVD
I have not read the book but cannot agree with a reviewer that thinks the film is dreadful. The scenery was out of this world, the music haunting, the plot was a little Hollywood with the usual good guys, bad guys and a happy ending. Irene Papas was and is the quintessential Greek woman for me, I can imagine her in any of the Greek tragedies. I thought John Hurt was superb and totally belivable as a Greek, he always puts 100% into his acting but this time he outdid himself. Admittedly Nicolas Cage's accent was terrible but you soon forgot it! I thoroughly enjoyed the film and will watch it more than once I am sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claude on 2 Aug 2009
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I am a little surprised that this film has been panned by some of the critics, I suspect that is because it doesn't conform to the typical stereotype of a Hollywood film about the Second World War.
Perhaps many of the critical reviewers here got to the scene on the beach and switched off ? I have news for you guys, it is the only scene like that in the whole film. Persevere, you will be pleased that you did.
I think that ultimately it is quite a moving film.
Despite the fact that it is somewhat different to the book (on which it is based) it is still a very well made film with a very positive storyline.
Penelope Cruz is excellent, as is John Hurt. I was a little surprised (and apprehensive) at the casting of Nicholas Cage but overall he doesn't make a bad job of things.
The filming is wonderful, the story is good, and the scenery breathtaking and, as others have already pointed out, it can usually be purchased for next to nothing, which genuinely surprises me.
This is a good film !
Buy this film, you will not be disappointed !
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