Wednesday, June 13, 2012


This Greek Island was the setting for the feature film, "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" (2001). I visited the island after the film had been made and released, but I hadn't heard of the movie until I went there and people talked about it.

Not all that much happens on Kefalonia beyond people living life, loving, squabbling (it's Greece) and the stress of the modern world seems to have passed it by, which is precisely why the place is so appealing.

The emotion and setting of the movie along with Russell Watson singing the theme capture the place quite nicely.

The film is based on a novel, written by Louis de Bernières, which takes place on the Greek island of Cephallonia (Kefalonia) during the Italian and German occupation in the Second World War.
(Quote from the book) When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No... don't blush. I am telling you some truths. For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away. Doesn't sound very exciting, does it? But it is!


Azra said...

I'd love to be there sitting on a beach and just basking in the sun. It would beat sitting here dressed up like a bloody Eskimo.

So true (about the passage). For some reason I only watched half of this movie and I just never got around to seeing the whole thing. I definitely want to watch it now. And now I'd like to read the book too :)

LL said...

Azra, the thought of spending some serious time in a bucolic environment such as this one (or Bora Bora) is one of those things that seems to be continually out of reach.

Opus #6 said...

Marji loved Nicolas Cage. She had most of his movies. I didn't see this one in her collection. It sounds nice.

darlin said...

I'll have to check this one out and see if it's on Netflix yet, if it is I'll watch it.

The place sounds like paradise, any Greek Island sounds like an amazing adventure. I now have the travel bug so who knows, maybe one day the Greek Islands.

Have a wonderful weekend LL.

Race Bannon said...

Do you get to vote while you're over there?

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