People: Aug. 21, 2000

CAPTAIN CAGE-MAN

Her love inspired his courage. His courage became the destiny of a nation. Or something like that. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, starring NICOLAS CAGE and PENELOPE CRUZ, is the first film from director John Madden since Shakespeare in Love, and it's another epic historical romance sure to waken Academy types when it hits theaters next year. "It's a very unusual piece," says Madden, on location in Greece. "It's about the Italian occupation of a Greek island during World War II, and how basically the Italians and Greeks are very similar people." Cage, an American, is the mandolin-playing Italian captain (in...

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