Sky Greats was showing ‘Zorba the Greek’ recently. I hadn’t seen this film for years, and decided to download it. Anthony Quinn gives a terrific performance as Alexis Zorba, the middle-aged man with a passion for life. When he grips Alan Bates’ shoulder and starts to dance on the beach, he tips his head back in delight at the music he can hear in his head, and unembarrassed, lets his body move in time.
It occurred to me that the majority of middle-aged people are too embarrassed to display any outward signs of emotion in public. Alan Bates comes over as the buttoned up writer keeping any thoughts and feelings to himself until Zorba eventually breaks through his boss’s barrier, and delights in the fact that Bates wants to learn to dance the Greek way.
We’ve all seen young people at festivals and concerts dancing and singing loudly along with…
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