Opium

Opium PG

Weimar Sundays

Film

Please note: This was screened in Oct 2019

Director:
Robert Reinert
Cast:
Eduard von Winterstein, Sybill Morel, Werner Krauss
Duration:
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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Digitally restored by DCP Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum with live piano musical accompaniment by Meg Morley.