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The Dream of an Opium Fiend (1908)

Le rêve d'un fumeur d'opium (original title)
The opium fiend is seen in a den, puffing on this terrible narcotic. He then falls fast asleep and dreams that he is at home with his wife. He asks for something to drink and he is given ... See full summary »

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The opium fiend is seen in a den, puffing on this terrible narcotic. He then falls fast asleep and dreams that he is at home with his wife. He asks for something to drink and he is given wine, which he does not care for, and he is finally given some bottled beer and a glass, but he complains that the glass is too small and he gets a very large sized glass receptacle, into which his wife and maid servant pour the contents of the bottle. As he is about to drink the glass passes from his hand mysteriously, sailing through the room and out of the window to the moon, which drinks the beer and the empty glass is returned to its owner by Diana, who rides below on her crescent moon. The opium fiend tries many times to embrace her, but she always disappears from her original position; and once, when he almost gets her, she has changed into a most ugly creature. He hurls at this hideous transformation everything within his reach. The scene then changes, showing the fiend, awake, throwing the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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March 1908 (USA)  »

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A rare film for 1908
6 May 2017 | by (Indiana) – See all my reviews

Many of Melies' films for 1908 were melodramatic or comedic, and he basically had to stop making with films like these, since this kind of stuff was no longer appreciated. Apparently, the directer decided to return to his past for a bit by turning this one out. It's in 4 scenes and can be placed in the "dream film" genre.

Here we have a man who is obsessed with opium, a drug of some kind. He falls asleep and has a weird dream involving an enormous glass of beer, a moon lady, and a gruesome and crippled dwarf. In here we also have a moon with a face similar to the one in "A Trip to the Moon."

This is nice but it's not quite among Melies' best. Still, fans of the directer should enjoy it for what it is.


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