The Ogre of Athens
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The Ogre of Athens
|Directed by||Nikos Koundouros|
|Produced by||Athens Film Company|
|Written by||Iakovos Kambanellis|
|Music by||Manos Hadjidakis|
|Edited by||Giorgos Tsaoulis|
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.
A pathetic and frightened, peaceful man because of his similar face with a famous and wanted criminal, "the dragon", gives up his normal but misery life in order to become at last a famous person. He becomes the leader of a criminal group (that they think him as "the dragon") in a great and ambitious operation. He also falls in love with a young and beautiful singer of the bar that is the center of this criminal group; but unfortunatelly she cannot understand the tragic emotional situation of this man. But after a while he is identified not to be "the dragon" by the members of this group and one of them in his anger, murders him.
- Dinos Iliopoulos as Thomas
- Margarita Papageorgiou as Babe
- Giannis Argyris as Fatman
- Thanasis Veggos as Spathis
- Anestis Vlahos
- Maria Lekaki as Carmen
- Theodoros Andrikopoulos
- Frixos Nassou
- Andreas Douzos
- cinemainfo.gr, by Giannis Frangoulis (translated by Konstantinos Vassilaros), "47th THESSALONICA FILM FESTIVAL - FOG CASING OVER THE WORLD OF CINEMA", accessed 01-14-2009
- filmfestival.gr, " The ten best best film of the Greek Film Critics Association", accessed 01-14-2009
- Franzen, Jonathan, Freedom (A Novel), New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010, pp. 96–8.
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