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!
Watched the 2 1/2-hour version and thought it was outstanding, although it did carry some of the Magnificent Ambersons-type feeling where you knew you were missing something significant in spots. In sections, though, it is as brilliant as advertized. I need to see more from von Stroheim.
I feel so luck to have seen ANY iteration of this film, but the four-hour version had to suffice. I am constantly blown away by what was achieved in the early days of cinema that has still not been surpassed--or is so cribbed-from that we've seen scenes from it a thousand times already). The places this film takes its characters are incredible, and it boasts an ending to beat all endings. Greed is good.