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Captain Corelli's Island

Listed under Romantic Film Locations in Ionian Islands, Greece.

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

This book, by Louis de Bernieres, was so popular that smart producers thought there would be too many purists offended if the prescribed, and very beautiful, main locations weren't used for the film, so it was filmed on Kefalonia. Most of the filming was done around Sami, a village not too far out of Agia Efirnia, where they put up some fairly major sets around the Hotel Kastro. The Italian camps were built on the beach at Antisamos Bay, and the beaches at Myrtos was also used in a couple of memorable scenes, including the one where the mine is exploded in front of the prostitutes. Horgota beach was used for the scenes with Mandras fishing and the one where Pelagia pushes him into the water. Karavomylos was where the firing squad shots were taken. The remains of the monastery at Ag Fanentes near Sami as well as the monastery of Sia near the sea between the Assos peninsula and Myrtos were also used.

If you've been living under a rock and you haven't heard of the book or film it's the love story between Captain Corelli (Nicolas Cage), a vivacious, mandolin playing Italian officer – the setting is the Second World War – who's billeted with the local doctor and falls in love with his daughter, Pelagia (Penelope Cruz). He's on the wrong side of the war in the end, so there's some serious soul searching to be done by both parties to reconcile the reality of all the fighting and death.

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A very memorable movie, some scenes are still in my mind. Powerful, love and soul.

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Have you read the book as well? It's amazing. Everything is really amazingly brought to life that you almost don't need a movie!

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