Zorba the Greek Overview:

Zorba the Greek (1964) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by Mihalis Kakogiannis and produced by Anthony Quinn and Mihalis Kakogiannis.

The film was based on the novel Life and Adventures of Alexis Zorbas (Zorba the Greek) written by Nikos Kazantzakis published in 1946 (1952 Eng).

Academy Awards 1964 --- Ceremony Number 37 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorAnthony QuinnNominated
Best Supporting ActressLila KedrovaWon
Best Art DirectionVassilis FotopoulosWon
Best CinematographyWalter LassallyWon
Best DirectorMichael CacoyannisNominated
Best PictureMichael Cacoyannis, ProducerNominated
Best WritingMichael CacoyannisNominated
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Zorba the Greek (1964)

By Beatrice on Jun 8, 2018 From Flickers in Time

Zorba the Greek (Alexis Zorba) Directed by Michael Cacoyannis Written by Michael Cacoyannis from a novel by Nikos Kazantzakis 1964/Greece/USA Twentieth Century Fox Repeat viewing/Amazon Instant Anthony Quinn is such an infectious life force that it is easy to forget how sad much of this movie is. Ba... Read full article


Zorba the Greek

By Alyson on Mar 20, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

While waiting for a ship to Crete, uptight Englishman, Basil, meets a strange man, Zorba, and before they know more than each other?s names, Zorba wants to go with Basil to work for him.? Like most people, Basil is hesitant to make a stranger his new business partner.? He tells Zorba that he?s rebui... Read full article


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Quotes from

Alexis Zorba: Why do the young die? Why does anybody die?
Basil: I don't know.
Alexis Zorba: What's the use of all your damn books if they can't answer that?
Basil: They tell me about the agony of men who can't answer questions like yours.
Alexis Zorba: I spit on this agony!


Alexis 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?
Alexis Zorba: ...he never dares cut the rope and be free.


Alexis Zorba: On a deaf man's door, you can knock forever!


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Facts about

George P. Cosmatos: the disgruntled boy who writes down the illiterate Zorba's thoughts for him.
Simone Signoret was the original choice for Madame Hortense. After filming began, director Mihalis Kakogiannis realized that she wasn't what he wanted for the part and asked permission from Darryl F. Zanuck to replace her. He agreed and he proposed Bette Davis. Kakogiannis, though, had Lila Kedrova in mind. Zanuck had no idea who Kedrova was, or how she even looked, but he trusted Kakogiannis very much, so he agreed.
Pia Lindström filmed scenes for the movie as a "Peasant Girl," but her scenes were cut before release.
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