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Comparisons between Tom Jones and Zorba the Greek


Zorba the Greek: Film stock
Walter Lassally Film-maker
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On Zorba I repeated my experience with Taste of Honey. Slightly modified though. Because Ilford made... at that time they made four stocks. There was 25 ASA, 16 actually to, 16 to daylight, I think, 25 to tungsten. Then there was a 100 ASA, a 200 ASA and a 400 ASA. On Zorba I used the 25 ASA and the 100 ASA and the 200 ASA. All the exteriors were on the 25 ASA, because it's wonderful light and you get wonderful detail in the highlights on that stock. The mountains, for instance, in the background with some snow on them, there was wonderful detail in the highlights, which you couldn't get on Plus X or on the 100 ASA stock. The Ilford stock which was called Pan F film, which is available even now as stills film for 35 mm stills cameras. It had wonderful detail in the highlights. Then there was the equivalent of Plus X, which is perfectly okay, but once you go to Ilford you might just as well use all Ilford. By that time I had tested it in the Athens lab and they had no problem developing it, because it has a different procedure than Kodak, different development times, that kind of thing. And... there were a few initial hiccups, but it all turned out all right very quickly.

Born in Germany, cinematographer Walter Lassally (1926-2017) was best known for his Oscar-winning work on 'Zorba the Greek'. He was greatly respected in the film industry for his ability to take the best of his work in one area and apply it to another, from mainstream to international art films to documentary. He was associated with the Free Cinema movement in the 1950s, and the British New Wave in the early 1960s. In 1987 he published his autobiography called 'Itinerant Cameraman'.

Listeners: Peter Bowen

Peter Bowen is a Canadian who came to Europe to study and never got round to heading back home. He did his undergraduate work at Carleton University (in Biology) in Ottawa, and then did graduate work at the University of Western Ontario (in Zoology). After completing his doctorate at Oxford (in the Department of Zoology), followed with a year of postdoc at the University of London, he moved to the University's newly-established Audio-Visual Centre (under the direction of Michael Clarke) where he spent four years in production (of primarily science programs) and began to teach film. In 1974 Bowden became Director of the new Audio-Visual Centre at the University of Warwick, which was then in the process of introducing film studies into the curriculum and where his interest in the academic study of film was promoted and encouraged by scholars such as Victor Perkins, Robin Wood, and Richard Dyer. In 1983, his partner and he moved to Greece, and the following year he began to teach for the University of Maryland (European Division), for which he has taught (and continues to teach) biology and film courses in Crete, Bosnia, and the Middle East.

Tags: Athens

Duration: 1 minute, 29 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008