Zorba The Greek
If ever the abundance of life force in man has been poured forth on the screen – and, goodness knows, many efforts to do so have been made over the years – it is done in the brilliant performance given by Anthony Quinn in the title role of this film. His Zorba, in this tempestuous picture possesses all the energies and urges of the great ones of history and myth. He is Adam in the Garden of Eden, Odysseus on the windy plains of Troy. He is a little bit of Nijinsky and a good bit of Tom Jones. Love for all kindly fellow mortals surges in his breast. Hate and contempt for the mean ones flame in him like a roaring fire. Lust seizes him without resistance. Pathos moves him to tears. When the pressures pile up too much within him – either of joy or of sorrow – he must dance.
Bosley Crowther, New York Times, 18 Dec 1964
Please note: This film (142 Min.) will be screened during the event "Ode to..." (approximately 172 Min.).
Cast: Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas, Lila Kedrova, Sotiris Moustakas
Screenplay: Michael Cacoyannis, Original von/ by: Nikos Kazantzakis
Director of Photography: Walter Lassally
Film Editor: Michael Cacoyannis
Composer: Mikis Theodorakis
Sound: Mikes Damalas
Producer: Michael Cacoyannis
Distributor: 20th Century Fox of Germany GmbH
Director: Michael Cacoyannis