Sep 9: Zorba the Greek


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Zorba the Greek (Michael Cacoyannis, 1964)
Sun. Sept. 9, 1:30 p.m.; City Cinema – Admission $10
Starring:  Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas,
Lila Kedrova

“Some actors, despite a series of important and memorable roles, will always remain linked to a single role, for Sean Connery, it is James Bond, for Al Pacino-Michael Corleone, for Peter O’toole-Lawrence of Arabia and for Anthony Quinn, more than his impeccable performance in Fellini’s La Strada, or in the title-role of Richard Fleischer’s Barrabas, the best religious epic film ever made by Hollywood, Anthony Quinn will remain forever immortalized in the role of Alexis Zorba in Michael Cacoyannis’ film Zobra the Greek.”

Zobra the Greek is the story of an uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.

”Oscar-nominated Quinn is deliciously hammy but infectiously lusty in what became his most famous movie performance. It’s a highly exuberant, larger than life performance but it’s perfect for the movie. Subtly underplaying in contrast, Bates is ideal as the initially cool but gradually warmer writer, and his performance dovetails perfectly with the mighty Quinn’s. And Lila Kedrova is wonderfully appealing as Madame Hortense, an ailing, ageing prostitute living on her memories. Irene Papas also stars as the widow, though with few lines, she mostly just looks gloomy.” Derek Winnert

Winner of 3 Academy Awards:
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lila Kedrova)
Best Cinematography (Walter Lassally)
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Vassilis Photopoulos)

Remember that admission is $10, but for a Charlottetown Film Society/L’ipéen movies screened in the same week, keep your ticket from the first time you came to receive a $5 discount on the others. Tickets are available at the door (cash only) or online on (

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