89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #44 – Zorba the Greek (1964)


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In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 44th review of the 89 chosen Films…


zorba“Life is trouble. Only death is not. To be alive is to undo your belt and *look* for trouble. ” – Zorba

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Jan 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A British writer with writer’s block decides to move to his ancestral home in Greece in order to try and find his voice once again.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never saw before and also knew nothing about, but the music and the Zorba dance have become so iconic over the years that parts of it always felt so familiar.

This film was nothing like what I had expected.

This film is basically a story of friendship between two completely different characters that seem to have so little in common.

Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates are perfect as the two main characters who have such amazing chemistry together despite their seemingly overt differences.

AS the film moves along, we get to see how similar they actually are based on so many commonalities between them.

I enjoyed the way that we get to see how they each react to situations and how they get to discuss their difference of opinions on them both verbally and in their actions.

I’m definitely glad I finally got to see this film.

Bottom Line – This is in the end a story of friendship between two mismatched men who are complete opposites. Quinn and Bates have great chemistry together and it’s easy to see how they can find things in common throughout the course of the film.  The different ways that the two men look at situations make for interesting discussions between them throughout the film. The music and Zorba’s dance have become iconic staples ever since this film was made and it was nice to finally see (and hear) what it was all about. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Anthony Quinn had a broken foot during filming, and thus couldn’t perform the dance on the beach as scripted, which called for much leaping around. The dance is called ‘syrtaki’ and is very traditional. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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