Zorba the Greek

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Released 1964

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Director:
Michael Cacoyannis
Released:
1964
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Zorba the Greek is a dramatic film directed by Cypriot Michael Cacoyannis based on Nikos Kazantzakis's novel of the same name that follows a tight-laced English writer Basil (Alan Bates) as he tries to explore his Greek heritage by opening up a mine in his Greek father's village in Crete. Completely out of sync with the Greek ways, Basil invites his new acquaintance, the ever-friendly musician Zorba (Anthony Quinn), to join him in his venture in a bid to learn about living with life with enthusiasm. The trip turns out to be a bit of a struggle for the uptight Basil, whose writer's block remains set in stone, and the mine is deemed unsafe to work with in any way. To make things even worse, he begins to fall in love with the much desirable young woman known as "the Widow" (Irene Papas) while Zorba strings along a French war widow and hotel owner Madame Hortense (Lila Kedrova). As their ventures sour, Zorba continues to teach Basil a much needed lesson that the tragedies of life might be hard to overcome but it makes life's victories taste even sweeter. Zorba the Greek was nominated for and won multiple Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Lila Kedrova.

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