Nikos Kazantzaki's Zorba The Greek:



Zorba the Greek is a 1964 film based on the novel Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis. The film was directed by Cypriot Michael Cacoyannis and the title character was played by Anthony Quinn. The supporting cast includes Alan Bates, Lila Kedrova, Irene Papas, and Sotiris Moustakas.

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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...
Basil : Or else?
Alexis Zorba : ...he never dares cut the rope and be free. 

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Basil: I don't want any trouble.
Alexis Zorba : Life is trouble. Only death is not. To be alive is to undo your belt and *look* for trouble. 

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Alexis Zorba: Am I not a man? And is a man not stupid? I'm a man, so I married. Wife, children, house, everything. The full catastrophe.  

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Alexis Zorba: You think too much.That is your trouble.Clever people and grocers, they weigh everything. 

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Alexis Zorba: How can I not love them? Poor weak creatures... and they take so little, a man's hand on their breast, and they give you all they got. 

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Basil:- Zorba, don't start. 
Alexis Zorba: Listen. God, who is a clever devil, today put in your hands a gift from paradise.
Basil:
- Don't be silly. 
Alexis Zorba: Boss. Why did God give us hands?
Basil:
To grab. 
Alexis Zorba: Well, grab.

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