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The Ogre of Athens (1956)

O drakos (original title)
A peaceful, frightened little man (Dinos Iliopoulos) is mistakenly identified as "the dragon" ("o drákos"), a notorious criminal at large. He briefly and reluctantly rules the underworld ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Dinos Iliopoulos ...
Thomas
Margarita Papageorgiou ...
Roula
Giannis Argyris ...
Hondros
Thanasis Vengos ...
Spathis
Theodoros Andriakopoulos ...
(as Thodoros Andriakopoulos)
Maria Lekaki ...
Carmen
Frixos Nassou
Kostas Stavrinoudakis
Manolis Vlachakis
Kostas Spagopoulos
Zizi Viopoulou
Kassi Janet
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A peaceful, frightened little man (Dinos Iliopoulos) is mistakenly identified as "the dragon" ("o drákos"), a notorious criminal at large. He briefly and reluctantly rules the underworld until they realize their mistake. Written by Alexander Koutamanis <a.koutamanis@bk.tudelft.nl>

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The most biting, the most daring social satire.

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Crime | Drama

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5 March 1956 (Greece)  »

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The Ogre of Athens  »

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When the film opened in Greek cinemas in 1956, it was a disaster, both critically and commercially. It was international critical hailing of the film which changed its course. Now it is recognized as one of the 10 most important Greek films of all time. See more »

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References The Magic City (1954) See more »

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Ilisos
Performed by Margarita Papageorgiou
Composed by Manos Hatzidakis
Lyrics by Giorgos Emirzas
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Greece after the WWII
27 February 2004 | by (MEXICO) – See all my reviews

This is the first Greek film of that "Artistic" nature, that years later would almost destroy the Greek cinema. But in the 50's it was a great novelty for the local production. On a first level, it's talking about the story of a little man who is tiered of being this little man and decides that he 'd rather have the short but glorious life of a famous criminal. His borrowed reputation, soon gets him the tragic but exceptional end that he almost is wishing for. Still, this is not really a crime movie! It's a political film, made in a time when this was not permited by the authorities. The wounds from the wars that passed, the 2nd world war and the Greek civil war (a taboo topic at the time), are obvious to the viewer with eyes open. The poverty that dooms the life of the nation and the influence of the USA in Greece, not by their model of life but with their unethical, political involvements, is underlined with the only way that it was possible for the Greek cinema of the time! A beautiful, lyrical tragedy, with a message to read between the lines.


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