Alexis Zorba: Why do the young die? Why does anybody die? Alexis Zorba: I spit on this agony! Alexis Zorba: All right, we go outside where God can see us better. Alexis Zorba: Hey boss, did you ever see a more splendiferous crash? Alexis Zorba: God has a very big heart but there is one sin he will not forgive. Alexis Zorba: If a woman calls a man to her bed and he will not go. I know because a very wise old Turk told me.
Alexis Zorba: Am I not a man? And is a man not stupid? Wife, children, house, everything. The full catastrophe. One of the reasons I love this blog is because of the insights I receive from readers. I originally posted this Great Scene back inbut just yesterday received an email from Daniel Escobar who found it… well, let him explain:. I was writing a letter and I was looking for a picture of Zorba dancing when I found your site.
I read what you said about Zorba. I agree completely. The book spends a little more time on the British guy because it is supposed to be the idea of the Apollonian the British guy played expertly by Alan Bates struggling with the Dionysian Zorba, obviously ; a big Nietzchean theme.
Zorba the Greek in my humble opinion is one of the few instances in history when the movie is actually better than the book. That aside, I like the idea of Zorba forgetting the catastrophe in a blink of an eye and moving on to the lamb that is cooking because I think it is a great lesson. It would be cool if we were like that. What choice do we have, right? After I responded to Daniel, he followed up with this:. The other great sub-plot is the whole thing with how they kill the widow.
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But as a poet once said, "We cannot choose what we are given, we can only choose how we face it. Or at least it's a half-truth. This is a worldview that's quite Greek, and of course Greek civilization is one of the prime taproots of Western civilization.
So as Alan Bates' decent but emotionally virginal character discovers, life isn't safe -- but it is glorious, shattering, heart-wrenching, and above all an intense, immense blessing. It's a far cry from the world of cozy illusions so many want -- or think they want, because that's what they've been sold -- but it's life itself. Most highly recommended!
One of my all time favorite films, Zorba never disappoints! The book changed my life when I was I chose freedom of spirit and being my own boss. The movie offers rich visuals, a great soundtrack, and, of course Anthony Quinn! This story was based on a real man Alexis Zorba! He was 60 at the time. Ironically, I must say that as I am about to turn 64, LP), I've had a colorful and textured livingness!
And I'm not done yet! I have many stories that I tell to willing ears. True stories. Unique to this story is that role of protagonist gets passed back and forth between Zorba, the Boss, and You the viewer. Zorba is a guru disguised as a seeming fool! The gods always play roles in Greek tragedy Irresponsible Zorba laughs.
The shy, rich, stodgy, bookish repressed Briton played by Bates can't. He is frozen, he is nonsexual, unable to perform sexually with the Greek woman Pappas who loves him and not the loutish men in her village that desire her. Bates is sympathetic to her.
He says he "is different" There a subtle hints he might be gay. The narrator, realizing that Bouboulina is very hurt, lies and tells her that the letter spoke only of her and how much Zorba misses her, and that when he returns he intends to marry her. He walks back to the village with her, and they begin noticing a massive commotion occurring by the shore. He finds that Pavli, Mavrandoni's son, has killed himself because the widow did not wish to be with him.
The villagers begin cursing the widow, taunting and demanding that someone kill her for the injustice.
The narrator tries to defend her, asking how it is her fault that the boy is dead. Old Anagnosti contends that Pavli is better off, as life is nothing but suffering.
Later that evening the narrator receives a basket of oranges from the widow, thanking him for standing up for her. The narrator is overjoyed at the return of Zorba, as he stayed in Candia twelve days longer than he had intended. LP) has to break the news that he lied to Bouboulina about Zorba's letter, and Zorba is unhappy, saying that it's cruel to play with a woman's heart that way.
Some time later, they begin to make their way to a monastery to negotiate the price of purchasing the forest that belongs to the monks. On the way they meet an ex-monk named Zaharia, who agrees to lead them to the monastery to speak to the abbot. They stay overnight so they can speak to the abbot, and in the night a young man is shot and killed.
This tragedy allows Zorba to negotiate a lower price for the forest, presumably to avoid the news spreading about the young monk's violent death.
Zaharia decides that the demon inside of him wants to burn down the monastery, and the Archangel Michael has demanded that he do so. When they return to the beach, they are met by Madame Hortense, who calls Zorba cruel for leaving her waiting for so long.
Deciding to appease her, Zorba apologizes, and that night they become engaged. Zorba tells the narrator the story of how he fought in the war, and killed a priest who was a Bulgarian soldier.
On Easter, the narrator and Zorba are waiting at their beach encampment for Madame Hortense to arrive, as they have set up a special meal for her. Eventually a young messenger comes to inform them that she is ill. Zorba goes to visit, and comes back to tell the narrator that she has a cold. Zorba goes to the village to dance, and at that moment the narrator finally decides to go to the widow to sleep with her.
Afterward, he feels revitalized and swims in the ocean. The next day a messenger comes, saying that Bouboulina wishes to see Zorba. Zorba went to work on the cable delivery system, so the narrator decides to go and visit Bouboulina instead. She seems very ill, and the narrator tells Mimiko to send for a doctor straight away. After leaving Dame Hortense's house, the narrator finds that there is a commotion occurring because the widow is at the church.
The villagers think it is disgraceful that she would show her face at the church after all she has done to the village, and so they decide to kill her.
Manolakas brandishes his knife and raises it above the widow, but is held off by Zorba, who appears suddenly to defend the woman. The narrator, Zorba, and the widow begin running away, but the widow is caught by Mavrandoni, who cuts her head off with his knife.
The narrator and Zorba return to their beach in horror and grief. Three or four days of grieving later, Zorba goes to visit Dame Hortense. Her condition is worsening. When he returns and the narrator asks how Bouboulina is, Zorba replies that nothing is wrong and that she is going to die. Zorba decides to go for a walk, presumably to grieve, and he encounters Manolakas, who wishes to fight Zorba for dishonoring him at the church.
The narrator steps in, however, just before they fight, and brings them both back to the beach to be friends and reconcile their disagreements. The next morning, the narrator and Zorba go to visit poor Bouboulina, and old Anagnosti says he is not sure if they will find her still alive. She dies that morning, as the villagers ransack her home and steal her things. Zorba takes her parrot with him, gently closes her eyes, and leaves. Zorba asks the narrator questions about God when they return to their beach, and he anguishes over the loss of Bouboulina.
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