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Movie Minute: ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’

Sueraine Valderrama

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Based on the book written by Louis de Bienieres, “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” is nothing more than your basic “chick flick,” with its romantic plot and historical backdrop. Nicolas Cage plays Italian army officer Antonio Corelli, a cheerful, singing mandolin player who was sent with soldiers to take over a small Greek island.

He meets a strong-willed woman named Pelagia (Penelope Cruz), who is the village doctor’s daughter. Their relationship grows as they have no choice but to share her father’s home and help each other to survive the terrors of the German army in World War II.

To those who are into romantic war movies, then “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” would be perfect to watch. While an R-rated movie, it includes only brief episodes of violence and a scene where topless women horseplay with Italian soldiers. Besides that, this movie is nothing but a bore.

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Movie Minute: ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’