Opium (1919)

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Doctor Gesellius travels to China to research the effects of opium. There, he frees a young woman named Sin from a mafia led by Nun Chiang, who swears vengeance. On the way back to his home, Gesellius discovers that Sin is the illegitimate daughter of one of his colleagues, whose son is having an affair with the doctor’s wife. After the revealing discovery, his colleague’s son turns up poisoned, making Gesellius the prime suspect.

Director: Robert Reinert
Writers: Robert Reinert.
Stars: Eduard von Winterstein, Sybill Morel, Werner Krauss, Friedrich Kühne, Hanna Ralph, Conrad Veidt.

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4 Comments

  1. Gabrielle
    August 21, 2021
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    Thank you SOOOOOO much for this! I am such a Conrad Veidt fan!

  2. Michael
    August 24, 2021
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    Excellent upload Jon

  3. Patrick Trimble
    August 27, 2021
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    Thank you Jon for this rare delight. People interested in so-called ancient styles of film acting should definitely see this treasure as a classic example of early 20th century acting called the technical form. It is overly heavy-handed and precious by modern standards, but as created by the french actor, Francois Delsarte, it was the measuring stick for successful emoting on the boards or in early silent film. It was thought of as compensating for the lack of sound, but exaggerated pantomime & over-dramatic use of facial expressions, & human form are imbedded in early sound cinema (think John Gilbert. Bela Lugosi, Marie Dressler. the entire Barrymore clan). So many silent film stars used it and that would not change until a new breed of actor came to Hollywood with the coming of sound. A great example of film history.

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