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A lottery win of $5,000 forever changes the lives of a miner turned dentist and his wife.
A lottery win of $5,000 forever changes the lives of a miner turned dentist and his wife.
Zasu Pitts Gibson Gowland Jean Hersholt Dale Fuller Tempe Pigott Sylvia Ashton Chester Conklin Joan Standing Jack Curtis James F. Fulton Florence Gibson Cesare Gravina Frank Hayes Austen Jewell Tiny Jones Lillian Lawrence Hughie Mack Jack McDonald Fanny Midgley Lon Poff S.S. Simon Erich von Ritzau Erich von Stroheim James Wang
Avaricia, Gier, Ingordigia, Rapacità, Ouro e Maldição
Greed, for a lack of a better word, is good.
Not much to add from what I had here before, from the last time I watched it (5 years ago! Wow!) only that this film has grown to be only more terrifying to me in its relentless, Darwinian vision of the world. Turn of the 20th Century American life as completely grotesque - it's very blatantly obvious to me now why everyone hated this movie in 1924. A completely detached and disgusted portrayal of human life running on base impulses, impulses to the point where you even lose your relationship to reality. As a side thing, I still like Irving Thalberg's theatrical cut the most - it's not like his editing kept the film from being called one of the…
Written and directed by Erich von Stroheim, from the Frank Norris novel McTeague, Greed gives an early cinematic vision into the inherent monstrosities often found within the soul of humanity. It regrettably survives now only as a two hundred and thirty-nine-minute reconstruction with still images, from its original length of over nine hours. Still, even in this jigsawed version, the visuals and storyline create a considerable impression which is unceasingly melancholic in its illustration of moral unpleasantness between its meticulously observed characters after a surprise lottery win motivates unfavourable consequences.
Von Stroheim communicates a great deal of information with his visual style, and he had enough faith in his audiences to allow them to deduce things for themselves without having…
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”I got her!"
Four hours of glory and grandeur, that’s all I can say about Erich von Stroheim’s epic masterwork, Greed. If you think it is long then you should know that von Stroheim’s original work was around 9 and half hours (he seemingly liked to make movies with gigantic run-times, his 1922 film Foolish Wives was over seven hours) but later the studio trimmed it to only 140 minutes and the rest of the film is completely lost (the lost footage of this film is called the “Holy Grail” of film history) and the restored 4 hour version contains lots of frozen images which seem to be the only remaining parts of what studio…
'Nihil tam munitum quod non expugnari pecunia possit.'
(Nothing is so strongly fortified that it cannot be subdued by money.) - Cicero
With all due respect for Erich von Stroheim's unworldly dedication to this project, I hold that Greed lacks the one component which hinders it from becoming the timeless masterpiece other magna opera of the decade such as Metropolis or La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc have undoubtedly become. That element is subtlety. While the subject of Stroheim's movie is unquestionably brutal and his scenes ooze dark runnels of corruption and avarice in their didactically simple framework, I can't help but feel that his direction ultimately lacks the delicate finesse Lang and Dreyer infused their every scene with. Juxtaposing this…
What a stunning epic. I have downloaded the four hour version, with the still photography sections, and it is amazing. I weep for the lost 8-hour version. I recall when I first heard about this film, the idea of an 8-hour film stunned me; I could not fathom sitting through something like that. Satantango, Out 1, and Hitler: a Film From Germany (yes, I am bragging) later, and I yearn for it with all of my heart and soul.
Greed is rather bluntly titled and portrayed here. A large man named McTeague becomes a dentist without a license, marries his best friend's girlfriend, and gets ruined despite his wife's lottery winnings. What follows is a three-plotted depiction of how greed…
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(This is a review of the 4-hour Turner Classic Movies reconstructed print of Greed that has been paired with a soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood, which can be found on Vimeo...and also my second attempt at watching this)
What was once a seven-and-a-half hour epic of a film by Erich von Stroheim was chopped down by the studio to just over two hours and twenty minutes in length. On a budget of $665,000, Greed took in about $275,000; apparently neither critics nor audiences were clamoring to make a lengthy film centered around dentistry and creeping poverty into a smash hit. Yet decades…
This is based on the 2 hour, 20 minute theatrical version, not Rick Schmidlin's 4-hour "restoration" made for a seeming unwillingness to read picture-books and furthermore fails to credit the original compiler of those images and the work itself: Herman G. Weinberg and his book "The Complete Greed."
Let's not talk about what it could have been or might have been, lets talk about what is, these miraculous remains which so inspired Renoir and Sternberg, these remains which Griffith and Eisenstein called one of the greatest of all films. I'll note that that these remains do not include a barrage of publicity stills with endless zooms and fades, which do more to distance us from the rhythm Stroheim created, giving…
The point is, ladies and gentleman, that Greed (1924), for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.
Erich von Stroheim's Greed is a mythical movie. Cut down from over 9 hours, I had to settle with the 4 hour reconstruction. Yet I am so glad to even see it in this form. No other silent film is as comprehensive on the nature of human existence and the fundamental underpinnings of all social and personal interactions.
This is the film of someone who would save a bird but kill a man. Men are ruined by their greed and their need for money.…
Keep in mind that Greed's recent reconstruction was an attempt to revive as much of the story as possible, given the initial ambitions by Stroheim to ask from the audience to sit for 10 hours to witness his masterpiece. Although the intentions are honorable and the result definitely offers a deeper insight for hardcore fans, it should not be a first-timer experience. You should see what nowadays remains filmed instead of constant interruptions that make you walk through the alleyways of a visual museum.
How ironic is the fact that Stroheim's main idea does not only still applies to nowadays life circumstances, but applies even more accurately than before. Material richness and greed will always be there unless a general…
Borderline nihilistic exploration of the way humanity's inherent, animalistic desires destroy and conquer our connection with all that surrounds us. Stroheim pulls no punches here, the relationship in which the film is built upon initiated by a tainted act of impulse, every action and reaction that follows done in the name of either money or lust. The allure of financial security tears apart a marriage, selfish claims to wealth transform friends into bitter rivals and petty revenge is still sought after well past the point of no return. Stroheim's rhythms here are consistently interesting, at times staging his action in symmetrical, tableaux like compositions, allowing the world to express itself through nothing more than violent gesture (he seems to have…
I've always agreed with George Martin's assessment that the Beatles' self titled 1968 Record (a.k.a The White Album) should have been edited down to a single LP, instead of the massive 93 minute behemoth we all know.
I imagine nobody wanted to suggest this option at the time, but if I'd been around, here's what I would have proposed...
1. Happiness Is a Warm Gun
2. Helter Skelter
3. Don't Pass Me By
4. Yer Blues
5. Mother Nature's Son
1. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
2. I'm So Tired
3. Rocky Raccoon
4. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
5. Cry Baby Cry
*Please Note: This is not a list of my favourite songs from…
Stroheim uses so many intertitles and still creates an impasse of coherence and emotional availability, I do not vibe with this man.
versão de 2h
Feel asleep, will revisit
Leave it to me to watch a low-resolution version of the theatrical cut of Greed before finding the coveted four-hour cut on Vimeo. Oh well, can’t help that. This is a review of the two-hour version of this movie, just to let you all know.
And the verdict is… even with the supposed botch job the studio had with editing this film’s duration down, this is still a very entertaining motion picture. I’m always a sucker for interesting camerawork in silent films, and Erich von Stroheim obviously had a lot of fun shooting it. That’s the thing with ambitious films — you can feel the energy. I bet everyone had fun shooting this movie… well, except for the final twenty…
Greed is one of the early well-regarded masterpieces of cinema. When came the cinema industry, the first masters began to perfect their craft. Among those were Erich von Stroheim, an Austrian-American immigrant who set out to make one of the most ambitious and epic films in cinema at that time by adapting Frank Norris's McTeague into a legendary nine hour film. While that reported early version has sadly been lost to history, several cuts of it have hung around to some extent.
The version I watched was the 130 minute version put together and originally shown on TCM back in the 90's or something like that. It doesn't stick things together with still photos like some of the longer cuts,…
I’ve learned that greed is bad.
I think I wish this had stayed a book. In terms of narrative and symbolism, I liked what it was doing a lot, but I just couldn’t get into it
money bad maybe???
Enfático desde los meros créditos hasta el último de sus planos, Stroheim filmó el nacimiento de la otra nación (la del afán desmedido por la guita de una inmigración cegada por el sol de una tierra nueva) en casi diez horas de metraje que no veremos nunca. Monumento definitivo del cine total en su estado de gracia: los años veinte, el paraíso perdido de un lenguaje que no fue.
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The 'Citizen Kane' of silent pictures. Infamous for the original 8-hour version being lost, but 'Greed' is a testament to mankind and what drives us in a world of getting ahead. Exactly as Von Stroheim supposedly intended. The ending is undeniably masterful. Frank Norris' novel 'McTeague' might've also inspired the style of 'There Will be Blood' and 'No Country for Old Men'. Heat, sand and acquisitiveness. A lethal cocktail forever.
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