(Video link here.) In 1964, the great Anthony Quinn, then 49, knocked everyone out with the famous scene in the movie Zorba the Greek where he teaches an uptight Englishman how to dance after his business enterprise goes bust. It remains one of the most life-affirming moments in screen history. You can feel the sun and the sea air, and pure joy. We grew up with it, and with the lovely, alive music of composer Mikos Theodorakis.
We’d forgotten about it until the other day, when a reader sent us a video of Quinn, age 84 – two years before he died – dancing the sirtaki from Zorba the Greek, in a sweet reunion with the composer, his dear old friend. There is a stunning amount of love in it.
You can stream Zorba the Greek via on Amazon or iTunes.
With huge thanks to Julie Houston for this treasure.
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