Zorba the Greek (film)
A brilliant film may be defined as one which contains elements and components which worthily stab at expressing a point of human phenomena. That is, the film should be composed with integrity and artistic values that will ultimately have the viewer walking away with a new look on life/human existence. It should be tied together with great acting (great acting is that which captures reality and makes the viewer forget that it is merely acting), cinematography, editing, sound, and syntax. Basically, a skilled cinema should revitalize and reestablish good feeling in the viewer. Zorba the Greek can most certainly be categorized as one of the world’s extraordinary films; with its use of all the criterion of greatness, the film expertly shows authentic human condition.
Adapted from a Greek novel, Michael Cacoyannis wrote, produced, and directed the masterpiece (Zorba the Greek) in such a way that captures the novel’s stress on both the imperfections and the strengths of human nature. Cacoyannis contrived the motion picture to focus on character and mood instead of plot. Doing so created a film that genuinely depicts the sense of human existence rather than a bunch of scripted actors in front of a camera. The use of interchanging genres helps elaborate the theme of the film: life is often an erratic trip of constantly-changing emotions and incidences, over which we have slim to nil control. Filled with heart, the film accurately captures this theme.
The story line is slightly jumbled, although it seems to reinforce the theme of the film. In short, Basil is a writer with writer’s block and decides to rid of this by traveling far away to Crete, Greece. He chooses this location as his site for self-discovery because it is convenient for him since he needs to check on a closed mine in Crete which he has inherited from his late father. On his journey to the island Basil is befriended by Zorba, the bold man full of heart with a lust for...