Review: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin


Your emotion will be enthralled on this very island with the rhythms of the mandolin…the simple but moving melody carries you into picture of The Second World War.


Deep eastern European accent, vigorousness and hospitality of Mediterranean, rich cultural Greek, breathtaking view, the charming dance, the cheerful opera; the shells, bombs and bullets trembled the once war untouched and peaceful island. Partisan, German young officer, Italian captain and his soldier who likes doing everything else but war; wise Greek doctor, ignorant Madras and his mom; a picture painted by singing, laughter, blood, scream, rose, love letter and machine gun…

I always feel that nothing more than the war time can test the determination of human. It explores the very limit of cruelty, rudeness, treachery, inhumanity; it also shows true humanity, sympathy and happiness. He enjoys every possible moment of his life, every ‘little innocent’. He boldly pursuits the once insurmountable love.

During the war, you lose the people you love; you worry the people who close to you; old couple lost their only son. War tore apart lovers; however, shall the karma persists, will they end up together.

I like the father (John Hurt) of Pelagia . He is such a wise and forward thinker. He gives kind and generous advice to his daughter. He understands what can bring his daughter the true happiness. I was fascinated with his words and the tremendous wisdom behind each of them. He also possesses a sense of humor and sarcastic behavior. He taught his daughter the difference of fall in love, love, contemporary happiness and most importantly the meaning of life. He all the time sets his eye on the big picture and told his daughter ‘pray for the liberation of the island, then everything becomes possible…’ I even like the last part where he taught the other person the simple but the essence of husbandship.


It was when Gunter about to shot Corelli, I thought everything would have been lost.

Luckily, the author seems enjoyed playing with our emotions, but none of the favorite characters died. It is a sweet ending.

This movie has taught me a lot and made me think about my life.

I am looking forward to reading de Berniere’s another book ‘Birds without wings’. Only the firstly metaphor attracted me:

‘Man is like bird without wings; bird is like man without sorrow…’


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