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Zorba the Greek (2005)

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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, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Michael Cacoyannis, Mihalis Kakogiannis
On DVD: Aug 3, 2004
Runtime:
Fox

Cast

Irene Papas
as The Widow
Lila Kedrova
as Madame Hortense
Georges Foundas
as Mavrandoni
Takis Emmanuel
as Manolakas
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Critic Reviews for Zorba the Greek

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The serious critique in Zorba attends the tragic elements in the story

Full Review… | August 20, 2011
Cinemania

A pensive film about the need to find your own truth while living life to its fullest.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

Audience Reviews for Zorba the Greek

Zorba: Damn it boss, I like you too much not to say it. You've got everthing except one thing: madness! A man needs a little madness, or else...
Basil: Or else?
Zorba: ...he never dares cut the rope and be free.

A solid film centering on two men. One playing it straight, the other a larger than life character who gives this film the right kind of energy every time he is on screen. Well made, with a great soundtrack.

An aimless Englishman, Basil, played by Alan Bates, finds he has a small inheritance on the Greek island of Crete. His joyless existence is disturbed when he meets Zorba, played by Anthony Quinn, a middle aged Greek with a real lust for life. As he discovers the earthy pleasures of Greece, the Englishman finds his view on life changing. Other adventures occur, including the pursuit of love for both men and the construction of crazy contraptions.

Basically, Anthony Quinn owns this film. Every time he is around, I love everything that is going on. His character provides laughs, a sense of adventure, and other endearing qualities that kept me entertained. Plus he's a damn good dancer. The other actors do a solid job in the film as well.

Taking place in Crete, and actually having been filmed there, this is a very good looking film as well. It certainly captures the surroundings quite well, while giving a specific portrayal of this Greek society.

The other great element of this film was its score. I've heard its key tune many times before, but here it is perfectly mixed into the story. As this film mixes some more light-hearted moments with much darker dramatic material, it was great to have a Greek-themed musical vibe running throughout, which helped keep me engaged.

While the film does run a bit long, it still had plenty of well accomplished elements to make it worthwhile.

Basil: I don't want any trouble.
Zorba: Life is trouble. Only death is not. To be alive is to undo your belt and *look* for trouble.

DrZeek
Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

A much darker film than I expected it to be. Anthony Quinn's energetic and charismatic Zorba seems almost out of place amidst a cast of cowardly, vengeful, parasitic villagers who always seem to linger ominously in the background. Ultimately, Zorba the Greek is an uplifting film, but it will route you through a few valleys before it reaches the mountaintop.

flixsterman
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

When Zorba's son dies, everyone else cries. Zorba? He dances. If Quinn had only done one film, this film, his contribution to the history of movies would have been enormous and his place in that history assured. Life, death, comedy, tragedy, love, hate, nastiness, compassion . . . this movie encompasses every aspect of existence. I'm not sure if Bates and Quinn ever did another movie together, but what great chemistry. To live life no matter what may come, the "philosophy" behind this movie, makes more and more sense the older you get. And when all else fails, eat, drink, laugh, and dance . . .

binky013
Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

Zorba the Greek Quotes

Alexis Zorba: You think too much, that is your trouble. Clever people and grocers, they weigh everything.
– Submitted by George P (2 years ago)
Basil: An overhead cable? You're mad.
Alexis Zorba: Why?
Basil: That forest doesn't belong to us.
Alexis Zorba: Well, it doesn't, and then it does.
Basil: What does that mean?
Alexis Zorba: It belong to the monastery. The monastery belongs to God, and God belongs to everybody. Do you agree?
– Submitted by George P (2 years ago)
Alexis Zorba: God has a very big heart but there is one sin he will not forgive. [slaps table]
Alexis Zorba: If a woman calls a man to her bed and he will not go.
– Submitted by Dusan D (4 years ago)
Alexis Zorba: How can I not love them? Poor weak creatures... and they take so little, a man's hand on their breast, and they give you all they got.
– Submitted by Dusan D (4 years ago)

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