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Gilbert de Quincey is an early 19th-century adventurer involved with helping runaway slave girls and victims of a tong war in San Francisco. Garbed in black from head to toe, de Quincey narrates his adventures. At the slave auction where beautiful Oriental girls are displayed in hanging bamboo cages, de Quincey befriends a tiny wisecracking female Oriental dwarf. Written by
Gilbert De Quincey:
In that first instance of her image passing the lenses of my eyes, I felt that I was hanging in the immensity of space and she was floating with me - chained, locked inextricably together; arms, brains, heart pulsations, unable to flee, unable to break apart; sinking, sinking through the inexhaustible depths of time. I forgot the long journey by the sea. I forgot the pain. I forgot my mission. Was it the heavy, drifting perfume of the incense or some feverish fantasy searing my brain...
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One of Vincent Price's lesser known movies casts him as an adventurer who discovers that one of the tongs in San Francisco's Chinatown is selling young women into servitude. The really cool scene in "Confessions of an Opium Eater" is Price's opium-induced hallucination; think of it as an early acid trip. The rest of the movie is kind of corny, but the corniness in Price's movies is part of what made them so much fun. Parts of the movie are confusing due to the secret passages in the buildings.
Overall, it's a pretty fun movie. Price's narration definitely adds to the campy feeling. Of course, his best movies were Roger Corman's adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's works.
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