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Cefalonia [DVD]

Luca Zingaretti , Luisa Ranieri , Riccardo Milani    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Luca Zingaretti, Luisa Ranieri, Roberto De Franceso, Jasmine Trinca
  • Directors: Riccardo Milani
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Odyssey
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005EZ13SO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,464 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It was one of the most notorious atrocities of World War II and inspired the bestseller Captain Corelli s Mandolin.

8 September 1943 proved to be a fateful day for the Acqui Division, part of the predominantly Italian force occupying Cefalonia: it was the day the Allies concluded an armistice with Italy. Confusion now reigned between the Italian and German troops stationed on the island. The Italians longed to return peacefully to their homeland, but the Germans now their enemies feared that the Italians might use their munitions in a hostile act. As Nazi reinforcements invaded the island, the Italian troops did something extraordinary. Following a democratic referendum involving soldiers of all ranks, rather than surrender to the Germans they elected to fight.

Their stance culminated with the siege of Argostoli. The Italians bravely held out, but the Germans prevailed. Now regarding their former allies as traitors, they inflicted a terrible reprisal on the Italians in a bloody, week-long massacre. Louis de Bernières reflected this atrocity in his novel Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which was brought to the big screen in 2001 in an adaptation starring Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz.

Winner of the prestigious Magnolia Award for Best TV Film at the 2006 Shanghai International TV Festival, CEFALONIA is scripted by Sandro Petraglia and Stefano Rulli (Romanzo Criminale, The Best of Youth) and directed by Riccardo Milani (The Soul s Place).

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: It was one of the most notorious atrocities of World War II - and inspired the bestseller Captain Corelli's Mandolin. 8 September 1943 proved to be a fateful day for the Acqui Division, part of the predominantly Italian force occupying Cefalonia: it was the day the Allies concluded an armistice with Italy. Confusion now reigned between the Italian and German troops stationed on the island. The Italians longed to return peacefully to their homeland, but the Germans - now their enemies - feared that the Italians might use their munitions in a hostile act. As Nazi reinforcements invaded the island, the Italian troops did something extraordinary. Following a democratic referendum involving soldiers of all ranks, rather than surrender to the Germans they elected to fight. Their stance culminated with the siege of Argostoli. The Italians bravely held out, but the Germans prevailed. Now regarding their former allies as traitors, they inflicted a terrible reprisal on the Italians in a bloody, week-long massacre. Winner of the prestigious Magnolia Award for Best TV Film at the 2006 Shanghai International TV Festival, CEFALONIA is scripted by Sandro Petraglia and Stefano Rulli (Romanzo Criminale, The Best of Youth) and directed by Riccardo Milani (The Soul's Place). ...Cefalonia

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Dave
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This made for TV movie is a beautifully filmed re-telling of historic events that happened on the island of Cefalonia in Western Greece from September 1943.

The island of Cefalonia was largely spared much of the fighting in World War II, but 8th September 1943 marked a turning point for the mainly Italian troops, called the Acqui Division, who were occupying the island. This was the day the Allied forces signed an armistice with Italy. With confusion now spreading between the Italian and German troops stationed on the island, loyalties changed and the Germans feared the Italians (who were now officially their enemies) might use their weapons in hostile acts against them. German reinforcements were ordered to the island but amazingly the Italian troops elected to fight the heavily armed invaders rather than surrender.

Full of stunning local scenery and passionate performances, the war in Cefalonia is relatively little known and whose events previously inspired the novel 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin', which was made into a film with Nicholas Cage in 2001. Like the earlier screen adaptation, this film doesn't enter the political debates or difficulties surrounding the complex history of the island, and instead just focuses on the romantic and heroic elements of the story.

It is an intriguing tale that switches frequently between the acts of aggression and the vulnerable relationships that are being fractured as a result of the on-going conflicts. With woundings of both a physical and emotional nature piling up around them, this film gradually constructs a powerful tale with convincing performances without ever being too graphic despite the source material.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving but powerful 18 May 2012
By Mark Loughridge VINE VOICE
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Set on the Greek island of Cefalonia in 1943-44 this film tells the true story of an Italian division faced with the choice of whether to surrender, fight with or fight against the Germans after the Allies had entered into an armistice treaty with Italy.

They choose to fight, and this film covers the consequences of that fateful decision.

I won't spoil the storyline, suffice to say that it has courage, atrocity, romance all rolled in together. Right from the opening credits it has the feel feel of a much older film, like the classic war films. Unlike many modern war films it doesn't portray the absolute grisliness of conflict - we are not treated to slow motions of arms being blown off, or bullets exiting bodies. And while there are a couple of romantic subplots there are no gratuitous steamy sex scenes.

I haven't seen Captain Corelli's Mandolin, so I came completely new to the story. The film is well made, but not stunning, although the scenery is. It is somewhat slow moving, and yet it is powerfully made and tugs at the emotions.

Not a bad watch all round - although Phil Collins in the lead role surprised me with his mastery of Italian!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "All Under A Shining Sun" 26 Oct 2011
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is an Italian film from 2005 that is just getting a release over here. It purports to tell the story and events that began on the fateful day of 8th September 1943. That was when Italy changed sides after deposing Mussolini and ordered her troops to return home. Those 11,000 serving on the Greek island of Cefalonia thought their war was over. This part of history was also captured in the beautiful `Captain Corelli's Mandolin' (and I mean the book, not the less than adequate film).

The Germans had other ideas realising that they would have to fight their former allies; so deciding to do it sooner rather than later, and while still negotiating they made their move. Whilst the Germans were originally seriously outnumbered, they soon made up for that in both men and material, the Italians had only small arms and some out dated field artillery. They were also painfully aware that there would be no chance of evacuation in the foreseeable future. What followed has gone down as both a war crime and massacre.

What director Ricardo Milani has tried to do, is put flesh on the bones of the story and bring the people to life. He does this by telling snippets of their lives and the romance that blossomed between the two main leads. The two leads are Luca Zingaretti (playing Savario Blasco an Italian sergeant) and Luisa Ranieri playing a very beautiful Feria. She has a daughter with her Greek husband who she has not seen for ten years. Her daughter is also falling for one of Savario's comrades. The scenery and the cinematography are beautiful, even though Ennio Morricone did the music, I did not notice if it was that great. That may well have been because I was engrossed in the film.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A low-budget Italian war film 3 Nov 2011
By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Cefalonia is based on the true story of the Italian troops stationed in Cephalonia, Greece during WWII. As the Italian government asks for peace with the Allies they by de facto become enemies with Germany. With 11,000 Italian soldiers and a garrison of a mere 1,000 Germans, initially it looks as though the Italians will soon be home, but when the Germans start reinforcing their position on Cephalonia, the advancing troops threaten to separate lovers Feria & Saveria. Will they survive the onslaught?

Cefalonia is an Italian production with English subtitles, although they somehow felt it unnecessary to subtitle the German speech. This minor annoyance aside, this is a heartfelt love story set during WWII, the surrounds of Cephalonia are picturesque and I was aching for a Mediterranean holiday by the end. The action is fairly budget and at several points you have to stretch your imagination to fill in the action (nearly 10,000 soldiers killed in this one conflict and we see about thirty people total fall over with squibs under their shirt)

The relationship between Feria & Saveria is genuine enough, both play their roles well, although Saveria is the typical one-man-army that these stories tend to revolve around. There is also some questionable direction at one or two points; random cut-aways to 5 second non-speaking shots of other characters that have nothing to do with the scene prior, then at the end of the film we have a montage of non-speaking clips of all of the characters (alive & dead) BEFORE the credits roll, it's not quite clear the film is yet over and then you are subjected to multiple shots of people that you saw die about 10-15 minutes earlier. It's just a bit random for my liking.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This is an interesting film about a tragic incident during WWII.
Published 1 month ago by Helen Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars Cefalonia
Much better than the Hollywood version as being Italian more authentic and closer to the book. Luca Zingartti can do no wrong anyway.
Published 2 months ago by Frances Yarrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal, brave and honest. Watch and remember
Here we have a less romanticised account of what happened during 1943 in Greece to the Italian army- when their previous allies, the Germans, were in occupation. Read more
Published 3 months ago by sylvia willow
5.0 out of 5 stars Cefalonia
Absolutely fantastic film, beautifully shot and acted by a superb cast. Would highly recommend it to anyone. I enjoyed captain Corelli's mandolin but this was superior.
Published 4 months ago by pf
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film
This portrays the true effect of the Italian WW2 capitulation upon their troops serving overseas. Very different from the popular 'Mandolin' version, a worthwhile watch.
Published 4 months ago by D. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant war movie!
That is more straight-forward than Captain Morelli's Mandolin (made in 2001). Full of real events!! Not to be missed as that is the best Italian movie I have ever seen!
Published 5 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars The Film, cast, crew, everything is just fantastically well done.
If you like romantic films of war like Captain Corellis Mandolin, which I found unbearable and not to my taste at all - And you want quality, understatement, the real thing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Isabella Balkert
5.0 out of 5 stars montelbano
Bought this for my mother-in-law as she loves Kephalonia and the actor who plays Montelbano. She told me she absolutely loved this film too. So, brownie point to me!
Published 11 months ago by E. Nicol
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Good story line - I'm learning Italian off and on so it is good to be able to listen to a good movie with English subtitles and practice without really thinking about it.
Published 12 months ago by Mr Brian G Hammond
3.0 out of 5 stars subtitles
I did not realise there were no English subtitles. However I did manage to get the gist of the story. A very powerful (and true) story.
Published 14 months ago by beryl williams
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