The Dream of an Opium Fiend (1908)

aka Le Reve d’un fumeru d’opium
Article 2547 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-26-2008
Posting Date: 8-2-2008
Directed by Georges Melies
Cast unknown
Country: France

An opium fiend has a strange dream.

So just what kind of dream does an opium fiend have? Well, you can expect the Chinaman who gives you the opium to do a silly little dance (though I’m not sure that’s part of the dream). After that, you can expect to find yourself back home and ready to imbibe from a huge glass of beer (does it strike anyone out there as odd that an opium fiend would dream of having a beer), but those darned heavenly bodies will steal the glass and drink the beer themselves. Sure, you can invite the beautiful woman in the moon down to your room, but if you try to take her in your arms, she’ll just teleport away. And if you do catch her…well, it’s not pretty, believe you me. Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to be an opium fiend.


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