Miner-turned-dentist McTeague wins young Trina Sieppe away from her cousin Marcus, McTeague’s friend. When Trina wins five thousand dollars in a lottery, Marcus accuses McTeague of marrying her for her money. Trina becomes more and more obsessed with money, refusing to spend any of her winnings even though she and her husband are forced into dire straits. When Marcus informs the authorities that McTeague is not licensed as a dentist, thus depriving him of his meagre living, the friendship and the marriage are destroyed. At last murder ensues, leaving no one unscathed. —IMDb
The son of a Jewish hat manufacturer, born in Vienna, Erich Oswald Von Stroheim moved from running his father’s factory to the pinnacle of the Hollywood community as a director, only to fall hard due to his extravagant approach to filmmaking and end up as a peripheral figure. Von Stroheim came to America during the first decade of the twentieth century and supported himself in various jobs before coming to Hollywood in 1914. He was a bit player in several films, and became a member of D.W. Griffith’s stock company, parlaying his experience as a bit player into a job as assistant director and military advisor (he had served briefly in the Austro-Hungarian Army) — he moved into greater prominence in 1917 with American entry into World War I, portraying villainous Prussian officers. He moved into the director’s chair at Universal, where he proved a virtual one-man show at first, providing original story, deigning sets, and starring in several of his own films. He quickly showed a talent… read more
4 hrs marathon... phew. first quarter is too slow. rest is very good. 4/5.
Only when walking around Tübingen, hands in my pocket and not at all at ease after watching Greed, I realized how intense these 2,5 hours were. I knew what to expect, but it still overwhelmed me. The music, the crossroads between signs and realism, drama and contemplation, the gaze of ZaSu Pitts - I'm so grateful i saw it!
Just watched the 4hr version. A lot of the insight into the scale has somewhat been lost, but the ambition is still there. A unique landmark in silent cinema.
With the help of the restored 4hr version, you get a feeling of how big in scope Stroheim's Greed really was and how much love and affection went into the making of it. The people in charge of the restoration did a fantastic job indeed. A true gem of the silent era.
Also: More of the best of 2011. Berlinale 2012 will honor Meryl Streep. Von Stroheim and Fulci in New York.
Nothing more ambiguous was made during the silent film era than Erich von Stroheim’s Greed. Stroheim, the aristocratic filmmaker from Vienna had a remote way of undertaking modern values along with… read review
Perhaps the saddest film ever made, for its history is so inseparable from the work itself, Greed will never cease to astonish audiences with its sheer power and its undying vision of art in the face… read review