Cover image for Michael Cacoyannis' Zorba the Greek
Michael Cacoyannis' Zorba the Greek
Cacoyannis, Michael.
Publication Information:
Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 142 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
A young British writer moves to Crete to find himself by working in his father's mine, and hires the playful Zorba. He falls in love with a lovely young widow. When she responds to him the townsmen attack her.
General Note:
[DVD version]

Originally issued as a motion picture in 1964.

From the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis.

Series from container.

Side A: feature; side B: supplemental.

Special features: commentary by Michael Cacoyannis, alternate introduction, "Anthony Quinn : A Lust for Life" A&E Network Biography, Movietone news footage, theatrical trailers, behind-the-scenes still gallery.

Special features not rated or closed-captioned.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Format :


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If ever there was a role that Anthony Quinn was born to play, it was the lusty, life-affirming title character in Zorba the Greek. The scene is the isle of Crete, where English writer Alan Bates 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. Based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek earned Oscars for actress Lila Kedrova, cinematographer Walter Lassally and art director Vassilis Fotopoulos. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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