Opium 1919

Opium (PG)

Germany, 1919, Dir. Robert Reinert

Festival of the Future City/
Sun 13 October 2019

Opium (PG)

Germany, 1919, Dir. Robert Reinert

Opium 1919
Sun 13 October 2019,

An exotic, erotic tale of addiction, in which a Chinese dealer seeks revenge on the English professor who has freed a young woman from his opium den. This sensational silent drama, made during the early censorship-free period, warns against the perils of drug addiction and sexual debauchery.

Now newly restored in gorgeous colour, it stars Werner Krauss (pre-The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Caligari) as a Chinese opium dealer and Conrad Veidt (The Man Who Laughs, Casablanca) as a love-crazed English doctor. Its exotic scenery and brazenly erotic opium dream sequences were hailed as a triumph of the cinematic medium.

Digitally restored by DCP Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum with live piano musical accompaniment by Meg Morley.

This film is part of Festival of the Future City – an initiative of Festival of Ideas. Festival of the Future City takes place every two years in Bristol celebrating and debating the future of cities with talks, walks, debates, arts projects and new books. The 2019 Festival of the Future City includes classic utopian films about cities; cities in silent cinema; documentaries on New Towns, democracy, the housing crisis and the anthropocene in the series: Cities, Future Cities and Film. We are grateful to BFI for their support for this programme. See the rest of the Festival of the Future City film programme here.

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Further details of the 2019 Festival of the Future City programme are here.

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