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 weak and timid man, discovering his resemblance to a famous wanted criminal, "the dragon", gives up his normal, dull life in order to become famous. He becomes the leader of a criminal group (so that they think of him as "the dragon") in a great and ambitious operation.
He also falls in love with a young and beautiful singer working in the bar that is the group's base of operations; but unfortunately she cannot understand his tragic emotional situation.
After a while he is identified not to be "the dragon" by the members of this group and one of them, in 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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