Movie Review: Zorba the Greek (1964)

Sami Naik

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Life | Lust | Mine | Crete | Dance | Widow | Sirtaki | Zorba

Greek island of Crete and two gentlemen from different walks meet one rainy day. One is Basil (Alan Bates), a half-British half-Greek writer who has arrived all the way to this island from Britain to look after his father’s property and reopen lignite mine. The other guy is Zorba (Anthony Quinn), a very enthusiastic Greek Santouri musician who offer Basil to help him in his mine mission.

Basil and Zorba lives in a hotel run by French widow and very romantic crazy lady, Madame Hortense (Lila Kedrova). Zorba is a lively romantic character as he first persuades Basil to make love with her but rejects, then Zorba takes the opportunity.

Zorba is the central character who makes Basil believe that his dream will come true, he will achieve what…

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