Magazine article Screen International

Director Michael Cacoyannis Dies in Athens at Age 89

Magazine article Screen International

Director Michael Cacoyannis Dies in Athens at Age 89

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Michael Cacoyannis, the Cyprus-born filmmaker who directed Zorba the Greek, has died at an Athens hospital at the age of 89.

The Associated Press reports that he died early Monday of complications from a heart attack.

Zorba The Greek (1964) was his most famous work, garnering three Oscar nominations for the adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis' book about Alexis Zorbas, played by Anthony Quinn. He had further foreign-language film Oscar nominations for Electra and Iphigenia.

Many of his films played in Cannes competition.

He was born Mikhalis Kakogiannis in June 1921 in Limassol, Cyprus. He studied and acted in London before making his first film, Windfall in Athens, in Greece in 1954. This was quickly followed by Stella starring Melina Mercouri.

Other films included 1956's A Girl In Black, 1987's Sweet Country and 1971's The Trojan Women; his last film was 1999's The Cherry Orchard.

Cacoyannis was also a theatre veteran (he worked on the 1983 Broadway revival of the musical based on Zorba). …

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