Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Forget Zorba's dance, did you know that Laurel and Hardy were Greeks.
Here they perform the original dance that was made famous by Alan Bates and Anthony Quinn in 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 Michael Cacoyannis and the title character was played by Anthony Quinn–who was not Greek but in fact Irish Mexican. The supporting cast included Alan Bates as a visiting Englishman.
The theme, "Sirtaki" by Mikis Theodorakis, has become famous and popular as a song and as a dance (especially at parties).
And Laurel and Hardy never got any credit for it.
That is so wrong.
The dance is actually the Karagouna.
In case you don't remember Zorba, or never saw it (shame on you) then here is the dance as performed by Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates.