The Morphinist

Louis von Kohl, 1911,

MOST WANTED | The depiction of morphine abuse was sensational as well as topical at the time, and the film inscribes itself in an international genre that officially sets out to teach a moral lesson while also making money from parading the forbidden.


WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The young peasant girl Mary is seduced by the sly, morphine-dependent stock market trader John Robert and travels with him to Copenhagen. Unaware of his addiction as well as his status as a married family man, Mary dreams of a magnificent wedding. When the truth comes to light, she immediately leaves her fraudulent beau. But soon fate offers her an opportunity for revenge.


WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW?
The poster for the film is the oldest surviving Danish feature film poster. You can see it in the photo gallery below.

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