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Birth Place: Greece Profession: composer

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Committed leftist whose turbulent political activity resulted in multiple jailings and exiles between 1943 and 1973. Theodorakis made a name for himself in Paris in the mid-1950s and gained international recognition with his infectious score for Michael Cacoyannis' "Zorba the Greek" (1964). He has worked a number of subsequent times with Cacoyannis as well as with Costa-Gavras ("Z" 1969, "State of Siege" 1973) and Sidney Lumet ("Serpico" 1973).

Committed leftist whose turbulent political activity resulted in multiple jailings and exiles between 1943 and 1973. Theodorakis made a name for himself in Paris in the mid-1950s and gained international recognition with his infectious score for Michael Cacoyannis' "Zorba the Greek" (1964). He has worked a number of subsequent times with Cacoyannis as well as with Costa-Gavras ("Z" 1969, "State of Siege" 1973) and Sidney Lumet ("Serpico" 1973).

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1943:
Joined Resistance movement, arrested by Nazis
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Arrested, imprisoned, and tortured as a left-wing democrat during Greek Civil War
1953:
First film score, "Eva"
1953:
Released from prison and moved to Paris
1956:
Gave first public concert in Paris
1961:
Returned to Athens
1964:
Entered Parliament
1964:
First successful film score, "Zorba the Greek"
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Imprisoned in Greece for third time and his music banned
1970:
Released from prison after international protests
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Education

Conservatory of Patras: -
Athens Conservatory: - 1943
Paris Conservatoire: - 1953

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