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O Drakos (Ο Δράκος)(1956) is a Greek black-and-white film directed by Nikos Koundouros. It won the award for best movie 1955-1959 in the first Thessaloniki Film Festival. It also took part in the Venice Film Festival.

Ο Δράκος (*)

O Drakos is unanimously recognized as one of the most important films in the history of the Greek cinema.


A simple man realizes that he looks like a criminal named "Drakos". The police are after him and he hides in a night club. Day by day, he identifies himself with "Drakos".

Yannis Argyris, Margarita Papageorgiou and Dinos Illiopoulos


Dinos Illiopoulos as Thomas
Margarita Papageorgiou
Yannis Argyris as Hondros
Thanasis Veggos
Anestis Vlahos
Maria Lekaki
Theodoros Andrikopoulos
Frixos Nassou
Andreas Douzos


The movie is mentioned (and plays an important role) on Jonathan Franzen's novel Freedom, with the title The Fiend of Athens.[1]

^ Franzen, Jonathan, Freedom (A Novel), New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2010, pp. 96–8.

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