By Lawrence O'Toole
Updated June 04, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

Bates plays teh British writer who can’t get out of his own head, and Quinn, in his finest performance, is the lusty green peasant who teaches the bookworm to enjoy the dance of life. Michael Cacoyannis’ film, shot in evocative black and white on crete, is every bit as dark and acetic as it is zestful and sensuous. Finally available on video again, after a long hiatus, Zorba the Greek is a movie truly worth owning: Watching it anytime has the same effect as an intoxicant. A