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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

captain correllis mandolinKefalonia was buzzing in the summer of 2000 with film crews and the actors Nicholas Cage Penelope Cruz and John Hurt who are starring in the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – story by Louis de Bernieres.

Most of the filming took place in Sami – and the surrounding hills. The old town  was re created especially for the story. It brought back both happy and sad memories for the people of Kefalonia who endured the war time occupation on Kefalonia. For those of you who don’t know it – here is the story line –

captain correllis mandolinIt is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek island of Cephallonia as part of the occupying forces. At first he is ostracised by the locals, but as a conscientious but far from fanatical soldier, whose main aim is to have a peaceful war,he proves in time to be civilised, humorous and a consummate musician.

When the local Doctor’s daughter’s letters to her fiancé – and members of the underground – go unanswered, the working of the eternal triangle seems inevitable. But can this fragile love survive as a war of bestial savagery gets closer and the lines are drawn between invader and defender?

The exposure Kefalonia received as a result of the film meant the island has an increasing number of tourists visiting it each year. Kefalonia was put on the map in 2000 and the island has never been busier since!