Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Director(s): John Madden
Production: Universal Pictures
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
131 min

And there are continued reports of fighting

between Greek and Italian soldiers...

...on the Greek-Albanian border.

But in Athens this morning...

...the Italian ambassador

once again denied...

What are they saying?

The Italians are in Albania,

close to the border.

They have reported

some fighting.


You hear that?

And they are saying they are

not about to declare war.

There. What did I say?

They want to catch us sleeping.

They want to creep up on us

in the dead of night!

- You filthy liar!

- Your father was a goat!

Shut up!

If you two don't stop trading insults,

I'm going to start taking coffee at home.

Mandras wants to marry me.

I told him

he'd have to ask you.

I don't want to marry him.

You don't like him.

You are both too young.

Everyone is too young

when they marry.

I have often thought...

...that you would only ever be able

to marry happily with a foreigner.

- A dentist from Norway...

- A dentist from Norway...

...or something.

Mandras is not your equal.

And he would expect

to be better than his wife.

He is a man, after all.

I will tell you now

what I will say to him.

I am not giving away a dowry.

Who marries without a dowry?

You should marry for love.

I love Mandras.

So what am I supposed to do?

Go off to Mandras' mother's house

with nothing but a bag of clothes?

Oh, and my goat.

I'll never be able

to show my face.

I'll be the laughing stock

of Cephallonia.

You can imagine

how people will talk?

I don't know

how you will bear the shame.

There is going to be a war.

Terrible things happen in wars.

Use this to defend yourself.

And, if necessary,

use it against yourself.

Your marriage

will have to wait.

I look around me.

I see fishermen.

I see farmers.

I see strong, healthy men

who are born free.

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Shawn Slovo

Shawn Slovo (born 1950) is a screenwriter, best known for the film A World Apart, based on her childhood in South Africa under apartheid. She is the daughter of South African Communist Party leaders Joe Slovo and Ruth First. She wrote the screenplay for the 2006 film Catch a Fire (also a historical film about apartheid), and for the 2001 film Captain Corelli's Mandolin.In the late 1970s she served as Robert De Niro's personal assistant while he made the films Raging Bull and The King of Comedy. She also made the screenplay for Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight. Slovo currently lives in London and often works for Working Title Films. Her sister Gillian Slovo is also a writer and her sister Robyn Slovo is a producer. more…

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