The Ogre of Athens

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O Drakos
The Ogre of Athens
Directed byNikos Koundouros
Produced byAthens Film Company
Written byIakovos Kambanellis
StarringDinos Iliopoulos
Margarita Papageorgiou
Giannis Argyris
Music byManos Hadjidakis
CinematographyCostas Theodorides
Edited byGiorgos Tsaoulis
Release date
  • 5 March 1956 (1956-03-05)
Running time
103 minutes

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 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.



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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