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"Zorba the Greek"





Dance from "Zorba"
1964 - Drama

Directed by: Michael Cacoyannis
Screenplay: Michael Cacoyannis, based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis
Director of Photography: Walter Lassally
Production: Michael Cacoyannis, Anthony Quinn
Music: Mikis Theodorakis
Cast: Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas, Lila Kedrova, George Foundas
Duration: 142 Minutes, b&w


The scene is the isle of Crete, where an English writer arrives in the hopes of realigning his own values and outlook on life. He is "adopted" by the flamboyant Zorba, who determines to educate Bates in the ways of the world or, to be more precise, Zorba's world. Along the way, Bates is introduced to widow Irene Papas, the unrequited love object of everyone on the island, who comes to a tragic end when she is accused of adultery.

The writer is also a spectator to the equally benighted romance between Zorba and venerable courtesan Lila Kedrova. Other disasters follow, but Zorba is able to convince Bates that failure is an inescapable part of life, and that only by constantly tasting defeat can one truly enjoy life's victories.




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