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The Ogre of Athens (1956)

O drakos (original title)
A peaceful, frightened little man is mistakenly identified as "the dragon", a notorious criminal at large. He briefly and reluctantly rules the underworld until they realize their mistake.

Director:

Nikos Koundouros
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dinos Iliopoulos ... Thomas
Margarita Papageorgiou ... Roula
Giannis Argyris ... Hondros
Thanasis Vengos ... Spathis
Theodoros Andriakopoulos ... (as Thodoros Andriakopoulos)
Marika Lekaki ... Carmen (as Maria Lekaki)
Frixos Nassou
Kostas Stavrinoudakis
Manolis Vlachakis
Kostas Spagopoulos Kostas Spagopoulos
Zizi Viopoulou Zizi Viopoulou
Kassi Janet
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Storyline

A peaceful innocent man is mistaken for a serial ravisher and killer who looks very much like him. He finds himself on the run by everyone that knows him, and finally hides inside a night club owned by small crooks. In his face, they see the leader that will give them everything they desire... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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The most biting, the most daring social satire.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

5 March 1956 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ogre of Athens See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Athens Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

References The Magic City (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Ilisos
Performed by Margarita Papageorgiou
Composed by Manos Hatzidakis
Lyrics by Giorgos Emirzas
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Why did they need a heroic villain?
5 June 2019 | by Aoi_kdrSee all my reviews

This is the farce or the cothurnus about a timid man who was mistaken for the charismatic villain 'O drakos.' As soon as I hear cheerful music, it falls over suddenly. It has a good balance of tensions.

The most impressive thing was the effective use of the mirrors. It was hiding itself in the dressing room was filled with a lot of posters. I was sure that there were only posters like a mimicry at the first glance. It reminded me Pris from 'The Blade Runner.'

I saw that the direcor gave full play to his skills because of many technical shots like still life shots by the fixed camera and 'the pillow shot' of Yasujiro Ozu. I like old classic movies like this because I can find these trial and error.

People who live underground barely get by every day with the vague melancholy for the invisible future. I can't resist it! Some people dance emotionally, others hug each other. People scatter their mind off by making sure each other like that. I can see they were full of energy by the infinite sincerity of attitudes for their lives. That's why they need 'O drakos' as a heroic villain. So they seemed to affirm their existences positively by the hero-worship and having hope him.


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