Zorba touches humorously a woman’s breasts.
A man comes to a widow in night. She begins to cry and he wants to leave but she holds him and they kiss. She strips to him while the camera is not showing her breasts but only bare back and shoulders. Then it shows them together in bed in morning. Sex is implied.
Zorba goes to the city and drinks while some prostitutes are laughing. One comes to his table and they drink until get drunk. Then she goes with him to his place. Sex is implied.
Next day Zorba is with the prostitute kissing her and saying that he is in heaven.
Zorba gets naked and runs to the sea shore. His bare butt is visible from the distance.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


It was last year’s day on Crete Island. Towards evening, we had dinner at the Bay near the Venetian castle of iraclion. Seafood was very expensive, so we finally chose a more “simple and environmentally friendly” dish while waiting to serve. Chen Rui talked to me about the old city wall visited in the afternoon and the cemetery of kazanzakis we wanted to visit.

“Who is kazanzakis?” I asked puzzled

“The writer who wrote about the Greek zolba”

Chen Rui then began to talk to me about the most famous work of kazanzakis, the father of modern Greek literature and known as “Greek Lu Xun” (may be canonized by the Chinese), Zorba the Greek, which gave me the impression that it described the image of an old liar who swaggered and deceived.

Time flies, and a year is about to pass. Zorba, the Greek strange man, bought by Yilin publishing house from the bookstore, has been dusty in my bookcase for some time, and the plastic cover has not been torn. The movie of the same name downloaded from VeryCD website has stayed in my hard disk for recent months because there are no Chinese subtitles. Until recently, when I began to sort out the DV of the Greek trip, I finally started to open the player and watch the Greek zolba, which won three 1964 Academy Awards (best supporting actress, best photography and best art director).

Although it is still a black-and-white film, at the beginning of seeing the sea and the island, my thoughts returned to Crete. However, with the deepening of the plot, I was more and more deeply attracted by the film itself, especially zolba, until the curtain came down, and I fell into meditation.

The characterization and plot of the work are very different from what I imagined before, but I finally understand why kazanzakis is known as “Greek Lu Xun”, because I can see the characteristics of the Greek nation from zolba, just as I can see the characteristics of the Chinese people from ah Q.

We know that Greece, a modern country, did not finally struggle and become independent from the shadow of more than 400 years of rule of the Ottoman Turkish Empire until more than 100 years ago – the well-known great poet Lord Byron dedicated his life to the Greek national liberation movement – and the author’s hometown, Crete, It was not until 1913 that it finally broke away from the rule of the Turkish Sultan. Just after independence, the whole country and nation are in poverty, but what is more urgent is to restore the minds of the people blinded and ignorant by long-term slavery and oppression. It is in this sense that kazanzasky’s work zolba the Greek is so important and wonderful.

I must admit that sometimes the roses and poems shrouded in iron and blood will be so helpless, just like in the film, when I see the beautiful and strong female widow finally cut off her neck by foolish villagers, and when the French female boss in the hotel has not swallowed her last breath, the villagers oppressed by poverty have begun to rush to rob her property, The hero, zolba and I are so helpless and desperate. But at the end of the film, the hero was finally moved by zolba’s indomitable enthusiasm and frankness. Facing the hard-working but destroyed construction site, the two people danced happily on the beach [this dance has been named “zolba dance” with the film], I thought of that sentence: only the flower buds that spend the cold winter can bloom the most beautiful flowers.

It is said that Li Ao, whom I admire, once called himself “China’s Zuoba”. The male protagonist, who is weak, rational, forward-looking and has always suppressed himself, was finally moved by Zuoba, who has always been seeking the ultimate meaning and value of life, who is straightforward, frank, loyal, lustful and fantasy, It can be seen that it is also of great significance to us in modern society.

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