Master of the Shadows (1991)

O drapetis (original title)
In early 1950s Athens, an idealist shadow player, after forty years of dedicated work, witnesses the end of an era and the demise of his once popular art with the arrival of cinema.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giorgos Ninios ... Angelos
Kostas Kazakos ... Antonis Barkas
Dora Masklavanou Dora Masklavanou ... Angela
Stratos Tzortzoglou ... Theofanis
Konstantina Savvidi ... Colombina
Hronis Pavlidis Hronis Pavlidis ... Master of Ceremonies
Tasos Apostolou ... Monk
Giannis Tsoronis Giannis Tsoronis ... Andrikopoulos
Vassilis Panousakis Vassilis Panousakis ... Andrikopoulos
Grigoris Panagiotaros Grigoris Panagiotaros ... Teenager
Giannis Spiropoulos Giannis Spiropoulos ... Agent
Peri Troupi Peri Troupi ... Mother
Dimitris Theodorakopoulos Dimitris Theodorakopoulos ... Child
Stelios Nikitas Stelios Nikitas ... Stationmaster
Nikos Tagaroulias Nikos Tagaroulias ... Engine Driver


In early 1950s Athens, Antonis, an idealist and well-respected Master shadow player, witnesses the end of an era and the gradual, yet, inevitable demise of his once popular art. Without a doubt, all of his dedication and the forty long years of hard work animating the elaborately crafted leather figures, are about to perish as the winds of change with the coming of the imported menace of the cinema signify that shadow theatre is becoming a dying art. As a result, in his desperate attempt to freeze time, his determination will inevitably lead to a conflict with his close environment, his younger sister Angela and his two aspiring assistants during a fluid and transitional stage in his life. In the very end, when Antonis' world crumbles like a pack of cards, against all odds, the unconventional Master will play fearlessly one last time, with a steady hand and an even steadier voice, in what would be the performance of a lifetime. Written by Nick Riganas

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The entire movie was filmed between March 19th and July 5th, 1990. See more »


Angelos: [singing] When the tree is set ablaze, its birds all flee, but its shadow faithfully burns from its nest. You endowed the shadow with a voice so it could laugh and cry, but its deepest secret won't be confided not even to you, no, it won't ever...
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Release Date:

10 April 1996 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Montreur d'ombres See more »

Filming Locations:

Partheni, Arcadia, Greece

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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