The Ogre of Athens

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O Drakos
The Ogre of Athens
Directed by Nikos Koundouros
Produced by Athens Film Company
Written by Iakovos Kambanellis
Starring Dinos Iliopoulos
Margarita Papageorgiou
Giannis Argyris
Music by Manos Hadjidakis
Cinematography Costas Theodorides
Edited by Giorgos Tsaoulis
Release date
  • 5 March 1956 (1956-03-05)
Running time
103 minutes
Country Greece
Language Greek

O Drakos (Greek: Ο Δράκος; English: The Ogre of Athens or The Dragon or The fiend of Athens) is a Greek black-and-white film, produced in 1956, directed by Nikos Koundouros. It won the award for best movie 1955–1959 in the first Thessaloniki Film Festival. It also took part in the Venice Film Festival.

At the 2006 International Thessaloniki Film Festival, the film was announced as among the 10 all-time best Greek films by the PHUCC (Pan-Hellenic Union of Cinema Critics).[1][2]


A simple man realizes that he looks like a criminal named "Drakos". The police are after him and he hides in a night club. Day by day, he identifies himself with "Drakos".



The movie is mentioned (and plays an important role) in Jonathan Franzen's novel Freedom, with the title The Fiend of Athens.[3]


  1. ^, by Giannis Frangoulis (translated by Konstantinos Vassilaros), "47th THESSALONICA FILM FESTIVAL - FOG CASING OVER THE WORLD OF CINEMA", accessed 01-14-2009
  2. ^, " The ten best best film of the Greek Film Critics Association", accessed 01-14-2009
  3. ^ Franzen, Jonathan, Freedom (A Novel), New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010, pp. 96–8.

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