Zorba the Greek
Synopsis: Basil, a young English writer of
Greek ancestry, meets an older,
free-spirited Greek peasant named Zorba on the island of Crete. While Zorba pursues a relationship with Madame
Hortense, an aging French
courtesan, the inhibited Basil summons up the courage to court a young widow. When Hortense comes down with pneumonia, the impoverished locals
descend upon her like vultures, as she lies dying in Zorba's arms. Later, Basil inherits a mine, and he and
Zorba plan to reopen it and use
their earnings to help alleviate some of the area's poverty. After
catastrophy Alexis and Basil are dancing on the beach famous "syrtaki"
composed by Mikis Theodorakis. Poetry nothing else like pure poetry...
1964 Won Best Supporting Actress - Lila Kedrova
1964 Won Best Black-and-White Cinematography - Walter Lassally
1964 Won Best Art Direction - Set Decoration
1964 Nominated Best Director - Michael Cacoyannis
1964 Nominated Best Screenplay based on material from another medium - Michael Cacoyannis
1964 Nominated Best Picture
Distributor: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Fusion Video, Movies Unlimited.