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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 »

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Production Co:

Athens Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Referenced in Dust (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

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 1966nmSee 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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