29 July 1925, Chios, Greece. A poet, patriot, politician and composer of numerous film scores, Theodorakis was seven years old when he learned to sing Byzantine hymns and Greek folk songs. His first film music of note was for Barefoot Battalion (1954), the true story of Greek orphans struggle against the Germans during World War II; an apt theme in view of his own subsequent strife. His other movie scores, during the 50s and early 60s, included Night Ambush, The Shadow Of The Cat, The Lovers Of Tereul, Phaedra, Electra and Five Miles To Midnight. In 1964, the composers memorable score for Zorba The Greek contributed to the films enormous success. It was to be one of his last projects before his life changed dramatically in April 1967. Following the fascist colonels military coup détat in Greece, Theodorakis, as a Communist, was forced underground, and eventually imprisoned and tortured. By Army Order, the people were banned from...
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