A young British writer (Bates) comes to Crete to find himself by working his father's mine. He meets Zorba, an itinerant Greek laborer (Quinn), and they take lodgings together with an aging courtesan, who Zorba soon romances. The writer, on the other hand, is attracted to a lovely young widow. When she responds to him, the townsmen jealously attack her. Zorba teaches the young man the necessary response to life and its tragedies. Based on a novel by Nikos Kazantzakis. Masterpiece performance from Quinn. Beautifully photographed, somewhat overlong. Film later written for stage production.
Fusion Video, 100 Fusion Way, Country Club Hills, IL 60478, URL: http://www.coldfusionvideo.com
Available on VHS
Running time 142 minutes.
Oscars 1964: Art Dir./Set Dec., B&W, B&W Cinematog., Support. Actress (Kedrova); Natl. Bd. of Review 1964: Actor (Quinn).
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