R | | Drama
A struggling American writer (England) and a fellow American expatriate (Mandylor) begin a sordid affair among the chaos and discord of 1940 Paris, France on the brink of World War II.
Paris, January 6th, 1940. Again, she wrote all night. She stretched, looked out at the rising sun, and bundled up against the early morning chill. As if drawn by some invisible force, she headed off across the awakening city.
In the opium den scene, opium pipes are handed around much as if they were tobacco pipes. In reality, opium is a sticky substance that cannot burn on its own. A drop is fastened near the hole in the middle of the metal head of the pipe, and it is then held with the head down over a spirit lamp, the opium evaporating over the heat as the smoker inhales. In this movie, the pipes are held with the metal head UP instead of down, no opium is ever visible near the hole, and no spirit lamps are used. Yet the women miraculously manage to get smoke out of the pipes.
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