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O drapetis ()


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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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Angelos
Kostas Kazakos ...
Antonis Barkas
Dora Masklavanou ...
Angela
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Theofanis
Konstantina Savvidi ...
Colombina
Hronis Pavlidis ...
Master of Ceremonies
Tasos Apostolou ...
Monk
Giannis Tsoronis ...
Andrikopoulos
Vassilis Panousakis ...
Andrikopoulos
Grigoris Panagiotaros ...
Teenager
Giannis Spiropoulos ...
Agent
Peri Troupi ...
Mother
Dimitris Theodorakopoulos ...
Child
Stelios Nikitas ...
Stationmaster
Nikos Tagaroulias ...
Engine Driver
Nina Mihalopoulou ...
Dimitra
Paris Koutsaftis ...
Coach Driver
Bramos Marinos ...
Kid
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Lambros
Vlassis Bonatsos ...
Simos
Kostas Dinos ...
Shadow Player
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Shadow Player
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Vassilaros
Dimitris Palpanis ...
Lambros' Assistant
Dimitris Kafentzis ...
Kid in Cinema
Dora Ioannou ...
Usherette
Dimitris Dialechtos ...
Court Bailiff
Takis Damoulakis ...
Photoreporter
Michalis Triandafilos ...
Taverner
Rolandos Hrelias ...
Old Man
Kiki Persi ...
Old Woman
Varvara Douka ...
Stage Actress
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Guitar Player
Toto ...
Clown
Vasilis Papavasileiou ...
Doctor
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Antonis's Father
Giorgos Manolas ...
'Sparrow'
Anna Mihailou ...
Actress
Stelios Pavlou
Dimitris Yiannakopoulos ...
Katsimbalis

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Lefteris Xanthopoulos

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Lefteris Kaponis ... ()
 
Lefteris Xanthopoulos ... ()

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Lefteris Xanthopoulos ... producer

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Nikos Kypourgos

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Andreas Sinanos

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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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Also Known As
  • Ο Δραπέτης (Greece)
  • O Drapetis (Greece)
  • Master of the Shadows (World-wide, English title)
  • Le Montreur d'ombres (France)
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  • 105 min
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Trivia The entire movie was filmed between March 19th and July 5th, 1990. See more »
Quotes 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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