This film is based on the novel "Alexis Zorbas" 1946 by Nikos
Kazantzakis. As a film the plot is rather simple: an aimless Englishman finds he has
a small inheritance on a Greek island. His joyless existence is disturbed when he
meets Zorba, a middle aged Greek with a real lust for life. As he discovers the
earthy pleasures of Greece, the Englishman finds his view on life changing.
The novel explores in more detail Nietzsche's contrasting of the Apollonian and
the Dionysian spirits of order and rationality versus the ecstatic, spontaneous will
Only Lila Kedrova as Madame Hortense
won an Academy Award in 1965, but Anthony Quinn
and Alan Bates
delivered the memorable performances. Zorba also received Oscars for set direction
Zorba also received many nominations for Oscars including "Best Writing,
Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium" for Michael Cacoyannis.
Post-film discussion led by Mary Stanley and Kathleen Tanham.
Not rated in the US.
About the author and screenwriter,
About the director and screenwriter,
by Toni Mastroianni.