Posted 13 December 2007 - 06:57 PM
I'm possibly laying myself open to abuse here by admitting I've never seen the film Zorba the Greek. (Can I blame it on my youth?)
Indeed, I only discovered last week that it is based on a book by Nikos Kazantzakis
So I basically want to know if it's any good, what's it about and should I watch the film or read the book?
Posted 13 December 2007 - 08:20 PM
As with many Kazantzakis books, Zorba is superb. It tells the tale of a worldly Greek and a naive Englishman. "Am I married, it is the full catastrophe" and other quotes like that make it a sincere mistake to neither read Zorba or watch the film - which is in black and white, by the way. Plus it is set and also filmed in Crete.
Don't hesitate, it isn't dated in any way.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 08:26 PM
I prefer books to films but I notice that the film won an Oscar for cinematography so I shall take Fotini's advice and read the book before watching the film.
Horace is brilliant for quotes, isn't he? Unfortunately my classical education didn't extend much beyond Virgil and Homer.
Posted 14 December 2007 - 01:13 AM
Actually you'd love this movie. It fits your way of life. I think.
Anyhow here's the dance that made this movie famous and the sirtaki a cliche. But not the writer.
Knowing you, a bit, you'd prefer the book aswell as the others K. wrote.
Posted 14 December 2007 - 01:38 AM
I've seen the dance clip but that's all.
Will request it from the library.