Thomas Bezug, the richest man in the world, is a solitary, domineering and cruel cripple who hardly can move on his crutches. He dwells a fanatical love for his son, whom he holds like a monkey in a cage.
When farmer Rog dies, his son Peter stays, but Johannes can not be satisfied with such a condition (and servant Maria's love) and finds a job as old Count Rudenberg's secretary. His ... See full summary »
A contemporary of the German Expressionist classics "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" and "M," "Opium" delivers a cautionary tale about addiction and sexual licentiousness. Sadly, it also delivers a sledge-hammer to the skull, because it's boring, ponderous, and murky. I am not sure it is historically or artistically important as a benchmark or as entertainment, but the box notes tell us that it sold out for weeks on end when it debuted. I suspect that had more to do with the novelty of movies and the exoticism (besides Germany, it purports to take place in China and India) than because anyone enjoyed watching it.
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