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Zorba the Greek

Michael Cacoyannis | 1964 | 142 MINS
Greece/USA
In association with Pallant House Gallery and their exhibition ‘John Craxton: A Modern Odyssey’ (28 Oct 2023 to 21 Apr 2024) we present a selection of Greek themed titles over the next four months.

In Detail

Traveling to inspect an abandoned mine his father owns in Crete, English author Basil (Alan Bates) meets the exuberant peasant Zorba (Anthony Quinn) and invites him along when the older man claims he has mining experience.

In Basil's father's old village, he finds himself attracted to a young widow (Irene Papas), and Zorba takes up with the woman who runs their hotel (Lila Kedrova).

When things go wrong, Zorba teaches Basil how to enjoy life even under the most trying circumstances.

John Craxton helped to find filming locations for Michael Cacoyannis’ film on the Greek Island of Crete, where he lived in the city of Chania. He remained a life-long friend of Walter Lassally, the film’s Oscar-winning cameraman.

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