In 1941, Italy allies with Germany and ruthlessly conquers the much weaker country of Greece. 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. 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.
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User Reviews: Not having read the book but being assured by many that it was great, I had high hopes for this film especially with the great cast list. But I’m sorry to say how disappointed I was with it.
The acting was pretty poor with notable exceptions from the lovely Ms Cruise, sorry Cruz and Britain’s own David Morrissey. Not only did Nic Cage have a terrible Italian accent,(and he was not the only one to commit accent crimes, Christian Bale you should be ashamed of yourself) but he was totally miscast. I couldn’t imagine anyone falling in love with this buffoon! He should stick to the kooky types he’s so good at.
The Italian stereotype was played to extraordinary lengths, opera singing, cigarette hungry, "bella bambina" chasers, and to complete the stereotypes we even had the sympathetic Nazi! I don’t know how the book dealt with these characters, but I bet it was a whole lot different!
In its favour it did get more interesting by the time those ever reliable bad guys the Nazis moved in but by then I was past caring.
A real shame.