On the Greek isle of Crete, Basil (Alan Bates), a shy inhibited writer from England is befriended by Zorba (Anthony Quinn) a boisterous peasant with an astonishing love for life. When Zorba agrees to work at Basil's abandoned mine, it is the beginning of a lesson for the young man as he gradually moves from an observer of the world to a participant. This acclaimed classic co-stars Irene Paps and Lila Kedrova in an Oscar winning performance. "An utterly absorbing and sharply memorable film" (The Hollywood Reporter)
If you think Zorba the Greek is a simple-minded homage to a man with a zest for life, then you haven't seen the movie. Basil (Alan Bates), a reticent British writer, comes to the Mediterranean island of Crete to revive a mine his father owned. On the way, he meets a Greek roustabout named Zorba (Anthony Quinn) and hires him to help, little suspecting that Zorba's exuberance will lead him to some dark and troubling places--frankly, if the last 30 minutes of Zorba the Greek are what it means to embrace life, some viewers will want to shut the door in life's face. But there's no denying the movie's ambitious scope and implacable force, even as it paints an alien and disturbing portrait of life in a Greek village. On top of that, gorgeous cinematography and one of the greatest film scores ever give this movie almost demonic energy. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Saw it many years ago, and couldn't remember it very well. Decided to watch it again. It was no longer the entertaining movie I expected. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Graham Hyatt
Did not age a bit...
Explains a lot about Greeks that Germans just don't get.
Fairly good flick. The musiuc is great as is Anthony Quinn's performance in the role of Zorba. Although I do not consider this film to be exceptional, I would still recommend it... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jean-paul N. Mertens
What a brilliant movie!! Anthony Quinn was superb as was Alan Bates. This was a great, great movie and it is now in muy collection.Published 7 months ago by Ron McKercher