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Greed 1924

  • Erich von Stroheim
  • December 4, 1924
  • 140 mins
  • English
  • Drama, History
Greed is the classic 1924 silent film by Erich von Stroheim about a woman who wins the lottery thus becoming obsessed with money and ruining her marriage and the people around her. The film was originally 10 hours long and dramatically and realistically depicted word for word the Frank Norris novel McTeague. Only about 2 hours exist today as it is considered the 'Holy Grail' of lost films.

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I watched the reconstructed 4 hour version of this film and it's such a shame the whole 7/8 hour version was lost. The stills only serve to give a glimpse of what Stroheim initially created, which only a handful of people saw back in 1924. MGM completely butchered it and melted down the remaining footage. What an insult to the art of film and one of the most tragic losses in cinema history.

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