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Zorba the Greek

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Original title
Alexis Zorbas aka
  • Zorba the Greek
Running time
136 min.
United States United States
Mihalis Kakogiannis. Novel: Nikos Kazantzakis
Mikis Theodorakis
Walter Lassally (B&W)
Co-production United States-Greece;
20th Century Fox
Drama | Comedy-Drama
Basil, a young English writer of Greek ancestry, meets an older, free-spirited Greek peasant named Zorba (Anthony Quinn) 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. The young, unhappy Englishman finds himself learning valuable life lessons from Zorba, the earthy peasant who has a zeal for everything he does. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Quinn) and winner of three, including Best Supporting Actress (Lila Kedrova).
1964: 3 Academy Awards: Supporting Actress (Lila Kedrova), Cinematography (B&W), Art Direction. 7 Nominations
1964: Golden Globes: 5 Nominations, including Best Film - Drama
1964: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films and Best Actor (Quinn)
1965: BAFTA Awards: 3 Nominations including to Best Film
1964: David di Donatello Awards: Golden Plate (Mihalis Kakogiannis)
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