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).
Music (Feature Film)
Joined Resistance movement, arrested by Nazis
First film score, "Eva"
Released from prison and moved to Paris
Gave first public concert in Paris
Returned to Athens
First successful film score, "Zorba the Greek"
Released from prison after international protests