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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 [[Performer~P98817~Walter Lassally~walterlassally]] and art director [[Performer~P186739~Vassilis Fotopoulos~vassilisfotopoulos]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 17, 1964

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vassilis Fotopoulos Best Black and White Art Direction 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lila Kedrova Best Supporting Actress 1964 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Lila Kedrova Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1964 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Michael Cacoyannis Best Director 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Cacoyannis Best Director 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Cacoyannis Best Adapted Screenplay 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Cacoyannis Best Picture 1964 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Cacoyannis Best Film - Any Source 1965 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mikis Theodorakis Best Original Score 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Lassally Best Black and White Cinematography 1964 Winner
National Board of Review Anthony Quinn Best Actor 1964 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Anthony Quinn Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anthony Quinn Best Actor 1964 Nominee

Cast

Anthony Quinn
as Alexis Zorba
Alan Bates
as Basil
Irene Papas
as The Widow
Lila Kedrova
as Mme. Hortense
Eleni Anousaki
as Lola
Sotiris Moustakas
as Mimithos
Takis Emmanuel
as Manolakas
Anna Kyriakou
as Soul
Yorgo Voyagis
as Pavlo

Crew

Michael Cacoyannis
Director
Michael Cacoyannis
Producer
Michael Cacoyannis
Screenwriter
Nikos Kazantzakis
Book Author
Walter Lassally
Cinematographer
Mikis Theodorakis
Composer (Music Score)
Mikis Theodorakis
Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Cacoyannis
Editor
Vassilis Fotopoulos
Art Director
Monique Archambault
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