Zorba the Greek

Zorba the Greek

In association with Festival Hellenika, Adelaide Cinémathèque presents a glimpse into the rich history of Greek cinema with the Cacoyannis’ Zorba the Greek and the late Theo Angelopoulous’ Palm d’Or winning Eternity and a Day. Both films present a considered meditation on life through a distinct Greek perspective.

A chance meeting between the reserved Basil (Alan Bates) and the exuberant Zorba (Anthony Quinn) leads to love and tragedy for the two men as they visit an impoverished Cretan village with business plans. Adapted from Nikos Kazantzakis’ novel, Zorba is a richly human tale of conflicting passions, and of course dance.

WINNER: Academy Awards (Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Actress in supporting role) 1965

Zorba the Greek

See where the famous dance originated!

  • Director: Michael Cacoyannis
  • Year: 1964
  • Run Time: 137 mins
  • Format: 35 mm
  • Country: Greece
  • Rating: M