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Opium (1920)

A Chinese opium dealer takes revenge on Westerners who have corrupted his wife.

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Robert Reinert

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Robert Reinert
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Credited cast:
Eduard von Winterstein Eduard von Winterstein ... Professor Gesellius
Sybill Morel Sybill Morel ... Sin / Magdalena
Werner Krauss ... Nung-Tschang
Friedrich Kühne Friedrich Kühne ... Richard Armstrong, father
Hanna Ralph ... Maria Geselius
Conrad Veidt ... Dr. Richard Armstrong Jr.
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexander Delbosq Alexander Delbosq
Sigrid Hohenfels Sigrid Hohenfels ... Maharaja's wife
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A Chinese opium dealer takes revenge on Westerners who have corrupted his wife.

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Country:

Germany

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6 February 1920 (Hungary) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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German Expressionism take on "Reefer Madness"
27 May 2003 | by pburrisSee all my reviews

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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