Zorba The Greek

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Original title:  Alexis Zorbas


After a young Englishman () learns that he has a small inheritance on the Greek island of Crete, he travels there to see what life has in store for him. What he ends up encountering is the worldly, zesty Zorba (), who lives life to the fullest and has a credo for just about every situation. Bates’s world starts to change as he encounters the society in a tiny village that is so unlike his own more modern existence, an experience that grows negative when he gets involved with a local widow (). Beautiful photography of a very beautiful Greece highlights this exciting and fascinating story based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis (The Last Temptation of Christ).


Twentieth Century Fox

USA/United Kingdom/Greece, 1964

Directed by

Screenplay by Mihalis Kakogiannis, based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Mihalis Kakogiannis

Academy Awards 1964

Golden Globe Awards 1964

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