Found in: Weimar Sundays
Opium

Opium

classified PG

Weimar Sundays

Film

Please note: This was screened in Oct 2019

Director
Robert Reinert
Cast
Eduard von Winterstein, Sybill Morel, Werner Krauss
Details
112 mins, 1919, Germany
Primary language
German

An exotic, erotic tale of addiction, in which a Chinese dealer seeks revenge on the English professor who has freed a young woman from his opium den. This sensational silent drama, made during the early censorship-free period, warns against the perils of drug addiction and sexual debauchery.

Now newly restored in gorgeous colour, it stars Werner Krauss (pre-The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) as a Chinese opium dealer and Conrad Veidt (The Man Who Laughs, Casablanca) as a love-crazed English doctor. Its exotic scenery and brazenly erotic opium dream sequences were hailed as a triumph of the cinematic medium.

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