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of Zorba! The author of Zorba the Greek
= Nikos Kazantzakis
A first edition of the book
Alexis Zorba: Damn it boss, I like you too
much not to say it. You've got everthing except one thing: madness! A man
needs a little madness, or else...
Zorba: ...he never dares cut the rope and be free.
Why did God give us hands-
"When you've made up your mind,
no use lagging behind, go ahead and no relenting"
Will no man do something without
Just for the hell of it?
Clever people and grocers -they
"Let your youth have free reign,
it won't come again,so be bold and no repenting."
Old folk song sung in Zorba the Greek, bby Nikos Kazantzakis.
People have fallen low. They've
let their bodies become mute, and they can speak
through their mouths."
Kazantzakis, Zorba' the Greek
Listen to that Bitch-The sea...maker
In work I am your man
I play and sing- I am my own
I mean free...
God bless and the Devil too!
Am I not a man
And is not a man stupid?
I am married so I married wife,
The full catostrophe!
What kind of man are you?
You dont even like dolphins!
You have to admit it boss
its big but she shakes it well!
God who is a clever devil
Today put in your hands
a gift from paradise
Life is trouble
Only Death is not!
To be alive is to undo your belt
and look for trouble!
Boss you have to make up your mind...
are you or are you not a gosh darn
My Brain is not the right weight
It gives me such crazy ideas!
When a man is full
What can he do....burst?
Only the dancing stopped the pain.
Come on don't be delicate...
I have got enough fight in me to
devour the world
...So I fight!
If a woman sleeps alone it puts
a shame on all men.
God has a very big heart.
But there is one sin he will not
A woman calls a man to her bed
and he won't go!
When you talk I watch your arms
your legs and your chest.
They are dumb
They say nothing
So how can you understand
Look here and here....
Nothing on the back!
Now I look at a man, anyman and
he is good he is bad.
What do I care if he is Greek or
As I get older
I swear by the bread I eat we can
good or bad- what is the difference
we all end up the same...
Food for worms!
And as for women.
You make fun of me that I love
How can I not love them.
They are such poor weak creatures.
They take so little.
A man's hand on their breast and
they give you
all they's got!
On a deaf man's door you can knock
I spit on their agony!
There will be no funeral.
She was a Frank. She crossed herself
with four fingers.
The Lamb...It will burn!
You've got everything except madness.
A man needs a little madness or
else he dairs never cut the rope nad be free.
Did you ever see a more spledifferous
"As you go along in life,
ask yourself, `Is this worthy of my soul?' `Is this what I'm meant to be
doing?'" Nikos Kazantzakis
"Mikis" Theodorakis (Greek: Μιχαήλ (Μίκης) Θεοδωράκης[ˈmicis θeoðoˈɾacis]; born 29 July 1925) is a Greek
songwriter of over 1000 songs and composer. He scored for the films Zorba
the Greek (1964), Z
(1969), and Serpico
(1973). He is viewed as Greece's best-known living composer. Politically, he
identified with the left until the late 1980s; in 1989 he ran as an independent
candidate within the centre-right New Democracy party in order for the country
to come out of the political crisis that had been created due to the numerous
scandals of the government of Andreas Papandreou and helped to establish a
large coalition between conservatives, socialists and leftists. In 1990 he was
elected to the parliament (as in 1964 and 1981), became a government minister
under Constantine Mitsotakis, and fought against drugs and terrorism and for
culture, education and better relations between Greece and Turkey. He continues
to speak out in favor of left-liberal causes, Greek-Turkish-Cypriot relations,
and against the War in Iraq. He has consistently opposed oppressive regimes and
was a key voice against the Greek junta 1967-1974, which imprisoned him.
Enrolled in dramatic school age 12, Greek
actress Irene Papas spent her first professional years as a singer-dancer
in stage reviews and as a radio vocalist. Trained in Athens in the classics of
Greece's Golden Age, Irene has played all the major tragic roles, including
Medea and Electra; in addition, she was active in the contemporary productions
put on by the Greek Popular Theatre in the late 1950s. In films from 1950, Irene
is best known to international audiences for her portrayals of gutsy resistance
fighter Maria Pappadimos in Guns of Navaronne (1961); The Widow in
Zorba the Greek (1964); the wife of political martyr Yves Montand in
Z (1968); and Catherine of Aragon (with nary a trace of her native
accent) in Anne of a Thousand Days. In between these projects, Ms. Papas
made her Broadway debut in 1967's That Summer, That Fall. She has also
delivered award-winning performances in the ambitious Euripides adaptations
directed by Michael Cacoyannis, playing Helen in The Trojan Women (1972)
and Clytemnestra in Iphigenia. On American television, Irene Papas has
excelled in Biblical assignments: she was Zipporah in the 1976 miniseries
Moses the Lawgiver, and Rebekah in the 1994 made-for-cable epic Jacob.
Born in Russia during the second year of the
communist regime, actress Lila Kedrova has spent most of her life in
France. After spending a decade establishing herself in European films and
theatrical productions, Kedrova won an Academy Award for her first
English-speaking role: fading courtesan Madame Hortense in 1964's
Zorba the Greek (she replaced Simone Signoret, who withdrew shortly
after shooting started). She would go on to win a Tony nomination when she
reprised Hortense for the Broadway musical Zorba, again co-starring with
Anthony Quinn. Appearing in fewer and fewer films as the 1970s became the
1980s (sometimes there were four-year gaps between her pictures), Lila
Kedrova won the Golden Mask award at the Taorima Film Festival for her
portrayal of a terminally ill woman in the American Tell Me a Riddle
Actor Sir Alan Bates, who has died aged 69, was one of the most important
British actors to emerge during the 1950s and 60s, going on to enjoy a career
that spanned almost five decades.
Earlier this year he was made a knight in the New Year Honours
list, adding to the CBE he was awarded in 1996, for his services to drama. Sir
Alan made his name on the big screen at the start of the Angry Young Men period
in the early 1960s. The 69-year-old's first major film saw him play
opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in The Entertainer in 1960, a film about a
second-rate performer who ensures the show must go on, and written by John
Osborne. But Sir Alan shared no similarities with the central character of
the film, having trained on a scholarship at the world famous Royal Academy of
Dramatic Arts in London. RAF service followed his training, but two years later,
at 22, he joined the new English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre in
London. In the same year he appeared on stage in Osborne's Look Back in Anger, a
performance which turned him into a star. He performed in works by some of the
most respected writers of modern times including Harold Pinter, Simon Gray, Alan
Bennett and Tom Stoppard. He also performed many of the classics including
Shakespeare, Chekov and Ibsen.
Merit Sir Alan, who hailed from Derbyshire, worked
tirelessly since making his name as an actor, dividing his time between film,
television and stage. But he tended to steer clear of mainstream movies,
concentrating on works with more merit than money. One of his early
commercial successes was in Georgy Girl in 1966, where he starred with James
Mason and Lynn Redgrave. Despite the respect he commands from his peers he
was only once nominated for an Academy Award. He was nominated for a best actor
award in 1969 for The Fixer, but lost out on the Oscar to Cliff Robertson in
Charly. Sir Alan also starred in Ken Russell's adaptation of D H Lawrence's
Women in Love for which his co-star Glenda Jackson won the first of two Oscars.
Twin sons Other early screen performances included Pinter's The
Caretaker, playing Basil in Zorba the Greek and the screen version of A Day in
the Death of Joe Egg. Sir Alan married Victoria Ward in 1970. She
gave birth to twin sons, Tristan and Benedick in 1971, who both went into
acting. Tristan died in 1990 of an asthma attack, followed two years later by
his mother. To help him come to terms with his losses, Sir Alan threw
himself into charity work as well as his career. He was the patron of the
Actors Centre in London, a venue set up in the 1970s by actors John Alderton,
Sheila Hancock and Clive Swift for the training of performers. Sir Alan
also endowed a theatre at the Covent Garden centre in the memory of Tristan.
Although often looked over for Academy Awards, the British Academy of Film and
Television nominated Sir Alan on six occasions. The last Bafta nomination
was for the 2001 mini-series Love in a Cold Climate, based on Nancy Mitford's
satire of the British aristocracy.
Outstanding cast Sir Alan had an eye for choosing
classy films to appear in, none more so than the 2001 murder mystery Gosford
Park directed by Robert Altman. The film received critical acclaim in both
Britain and the US. It was nominated for seven Oscars, eventually picking
up just the one for best-screenplay for actor and writer Julian Fellowes. As
well as a host of nominations and awards from associations around the world, the
ensemble cast won an outstanding performance award from the Screen Actors Guild.
A recent departure for the actor was the role as a baddie in the Hollywood
blockbuster The Sum of All Fears, which starred Ben Affleck. The
recognition kept rolling in for Sir Alan, who won a Tony Award in 2002 for best
leading man for Fortune's Fool, an adaptation of an 1848 work by Russian author
Ivan Turgenev. -Source-BBC
Quinn leaves 13 children Anthony Quinn, flamboyant, earthy, intensely masculine
and larger than life, will probably be best remembered as Zorba the Greek, the
character he played in the highly successful film in 1964 and, 20 years later,
on the stage on Broadway. But, in all, he was in more than 150 films, and
though at first he was usually cast as any variation of uncouth ruffian, he
branched out considerably, and even played the Pope in Shoes of the Fisherman.
He won Oscars as best supporting actor in Viva Zapata in 1952 and as the painter
Paul Gauguin in Lust for Life four years later.
Anthony Quinn was born in Mexico to an Irish father and Mexican mother. The
family moved to Los
Angeles when he was a small boy, though it was not until the 1940s that he
became a naturalised US
citizen. Though he began as a stage actor, he started film work in 1936.
He appeared in Blood and Sand in 1941, and was Chief Crazy Horse in They Died
With Their Boots On, about General Custer, in the same year.
Soon after Viva Zapata came Fellini's La Strada, which brought him an award at
the Venice Film Festival.
A spell on Broadway, playing Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, gave
Quinn's film career a
considerable boost. He earned parts in The Guns of Navarone and Lawrence of
Arabia, and then came Zorba the Greek.
His later films included The Secret of Santa Vittoria and The Greek Tycoon, in
which he played a thinly disguised Aristotle Onassis.
The critics never seemed to know quite what to make of Quinn. He could give
sensitive dramatic performances, but too often he seemed to be simply Quinn
His personal life was almost as flamboyant as many of his film parts. He was
married first to the adopted daughter of Cecil B. de Mille though his
father-in-law did nothing to help his career.
Oddly enough, at the 1987 Golden Globe Awards he received the Cecil B. De Mille
Award for career
achievement. His second marriage lasted more than 20 years, but during it he
admitted relationships with a
number of other women, one of whom bore him two children.
His first child drowned, at the age of three, in W.C. Fields's swimming pool.
In all, Anthony Quinn fathered thirteen children from his marriages and
Away from acting, Quinn was a dedicated and highly successful sculptor and
painter. His work sold throughout the world for high prices. He once said that
without art there was no reason for living. = Source=BBC
About the Author
Nikos Kazantzakis was born in Megalokastro, Ottoman Empire, now Iráklion, Crete,
as the son of Michael Kazantzakis, a farmer and dealer of in animal feed, and
his wife, the former Maria Christodoulzki. Kazantzakis was raised among peasants
and although Kazantzakis left Crete as a young man, he returned to his homeland
constantly in his art. He attended the Franciscan School of the Holy Cross,
Naxos, and the Gymnasium at Herakleion (1899-1902). Kazantzakis then studied
four years at the University of Athens, becoming Doctor of Laws in 1906.
From 1907 to 1909 he studied philosophy in Paris at the Collège de France under
Henri Bergson. His first book, OPHIS KAI KRINO, was published in 1906. In the
same year appeared his play XEMERÕNEI. Between the 1910s and 1930s Kazantzákis
wrote dramas, verse and travel books, and travelled widely in China, Japan,
Russia, England, Spain, and other countries. His first novel, Toda raba, was
published in French when he was 51. Kazantzakis spent many years in public
service and in 1919 he was appointed director general at the Greek Ministry of
By 1927, when Kazantzakis resigned from this post, he had been
responsible for the feeding and eventual rescue of more than 150 000 people of
Greek origin who had been caught up in the civil war raging in the Caucasian
region of the Soviet Union. Though never a member of the Communist party,
Kazantzakis sympathized leftist movements in the early phase of his life and
awarded the Lenin Peace Prize later. In 1957 he lost the Nobel Prize by a single
vote to the French writer Albert Camus.
Before WW II Kazantzakis settled on the island of Aegina, and in 1948 he moved
to Antibes, southern France. After the war he served as a minister in the Greek
government of Aegina. In 1947-48 he worked for UNESCO. Kazantzákis died of
leukemia on October 26, 1957, in Freiburg im Breisgau, in Germany. Helen
Kazantzakis, his wife, tells in the author's biography that he always had as his
traveling companion a miniature Dante, and Dante alone remained at his bedside
until his last breath.
Although Kazantzakis wrote a number of his novels in French, his most celebrated
works were composed in the colloquial language of the Cretan working classes.
His best-known novel, Zorba the Greek, was made into a popular and highly
successful movie (1964). The story focuses on the relationship of a writer and
intellectual, modelled on Kazantzakis, and an uneducated man, Zorba, who drinks,
works, loves and lives like a force of nature. His character has been seen as
the personification of Henri Bergson's ideas of élan vital. He doesn't care
about books, he values more experience and understanding than scholarly
learning. The narrator meets Alexis Zorbas in Pireus. He plans to reopen on the
island of Crete an abandoned mine and Zorbas becomes his foreman. Kazantzakis
weaves the narrator's childhood memories and thoughts against the life and
teaching of Zorbas. After a series of tragedies, failures and small victories,
the narrator leaves Crete, but asks zorba to teach him to dance. "How simple and
thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little
brazier, the sound of the sea." (from Zorba the Greek)
Zorba the Greek. By NIKOS KAZANTZAKI.
Zorba the Greek is a fable about the mind and the body. The mind is a Greek
author, weary of reading about life instead of living it - "How could I, who
loved life so intensely, have let
myself be entangled for so long in that balderdash of books and paper blackened
with ink?" As a convenient symbol of action, he rents a lignite mine on the
southern coast of Crete; he
takes with him a Dante, a Mallarmé, an unfinished manuscript on the life of
Buddha; and in a pub on the Piraeus, as he waits for his boat in a grey autumnal
dawn, he meets and hires for
his foreman Zorba, the body. This elderly, weather-beaten ruffian, he
immediately recognises, is "the man I had sought so long in vain - a living
heart, a large voracious mouth, a great
brute soul, not yet severed from mother earth". In his shameless love of
instinctual life, Zorba is a Greek Panurge, Falstaff, Sancho Panza; yet he
possesses a magnificent human dignity
that has nothing of the buffoonery and comic cowardice of these, and one laughs,
like the author, with, not at him; perhaps he is more like Odysseus or Sinbad
Through the Cretan winter and spring the admiring author listens to his amazing
stories and watches him outrageously living. Zorba for the author, is more than
a machine to do his
fighting, drinking and fornication for him: with his unpredictability and
fatalism he restores the intellectual’s lost sense of mystery and destiny in the
tangible world; he replaces the
Buddha’s ethic of self-annihilation by a reconciliation of Fay ce que vouldras
with Age quod agis. Zorba needs his boss as much as his boss needs Zorba.
Without the author-boss to
observe him he would be only one peasant among many; for the other peasants in
the book are, to use his own adjective, equally "Zorbatic" in their talk and
behaviour. When they part,
he recedes into Macedonia, Odysseus-Margites with his Homer gone; and when he
dies he can only live again in the author’s "paper blackened with ink". They do
not change each
other - Zorba does not begin to think, any more than the author begins to act -
but in their partnership a complete, harmonious world of wonder and fulfilment
is built up before us, a
temporary paradise as large as the earth and as small as a Greek island.
How can a novel so deliberately void of plot give such an exciting sense of
onward movement? Plot, after all, is only a device for formalising time, for
rendering large tracts of it
simultaneously visible by an invented chain of cause and effect. In Zorba the
Greek time is changed back again from the metaphysical illusion of duration,
under which it has become
unnaturally natural for Western man to view it, to its reality of moment upon
moment. Zorba the Greek is a novel sweet and elate with sunlight, friendship and
happiness, with a life full of
both sensations and thoughts; it is, in every sense, a minor classic, and Zorba,
one feels, is among the significant and permanent characters in modern fiction.