When a legion of soldiers led by Captain Antonio Corelli (Nicolas Cage) lands on the once-tranquil island of Cephallonia, culture clash ensues. It’s the beginning of World War II and the Italian army has occupied Greece. But Corelli wins over the villagers — including Pelagia (Penelope Cruz), the daughter of the village doctor (John Hurt) who is his host — thanks to his love for music and his passion for the mandolin. When Pelagia’s fiance (Christian Bale) goes to war, she falls for the captain, but the couple must choose between their political allegiance and their love. “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” is a period piece with all the requisite elements in place.