7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Worth watching once,
This review is from: Cefalonia [DVD] (DVD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)Cefalonia was originally made as a TV movie, but for the most part you can't really tell. The scenery is particularly well done, the production values seem to be quite high, and Ennio Morricone was responsible for the music. Some scenes do let it down in terms of quality though such as the German aeroplanes which are surely only there thanks to the special effects department. The DVD itself is in Italian with English subtitles - there's no choice about this and there is a message at the start to tell you so, but it might have been a good idea to put this on the packaging too. Although it looks good on the DVD it is shown in a letterbox picture format which does waste quite a lot of the screen, even on a modern widescreen television.
The story behind the film is certainly one worth telling, which is probably why there have been at least two film versions made of it. With this production the emphasis has been put on the emotional side of the story, and although there are scenes of fighting and the atrocities committed they are not done in a very hard hitting way considering the subject matter, and most of the film seems to concentrate on the relationships of the characters instead. Although interesting, for me that detracted from the seriousness of the events. Overall I found that the film to be worth watching once, but it doesn't warrant a second viewing from me. I would count myself as a fan of Italian films in general but this one seemed to be missing that special ingredient which I why I only give it three stars.