History Film / Greed

19th Oct '15 4:16:44 PM bowserbros
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''Greed'' is remembered as much for what it isn't as for what it is. Von Stroheim's original cut was '''forty-two reels''', or nearly eight hours. Von Stroheim tried to talk the producers into showing the film in multiple parts, but eventually turned in a four-hour cut. {{MGM}} eventually took the film out of von Stroheim's hands and released it with a running time of about two and a half hours. The shortened film was a flop, panned by critics and [[CreatorBacklash disowned by its director]]. It has, however, been VindicatedByHistory, and is commonly considered one of the masterpieces of silent cinema. The four-hour DirectorsCut of ''Greed'' is sometimes called the "Holy Grail" of film archivists. No copy of [[MissingEpisode the deleted footage]] has ever been found.

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''Greed'' is remembered as much for what it isn't as for what it is. Von Stroheim's original cut was '''forty-two reels''', or nearly eight hours. Von Stroheim tried to talk the producers into showing the film in multiple parts, but eventually turned in a four-hour cut. {{MGM}} eventually took the film out of von Stroheim's hands and released it with a running time of about two and a half hours. The shortened film was a flop, panned by critics and [[CreatorBacklash disowned by its director]]. It has, however, been VindicatedByHistory, and is commonly considered one of the masterpieces of silent cinema. The four-hour DirectorsCut of ''Greed'' is sometimes called the "Holy Grail" of film archivists. No copy of [[MissingEpisode the deleted footage]] has ever been found.found, but the twelve people who ''did'' see the full eight hour version have deemed it one of the greatest films ever made.
31st Jul '15 8:01:46 PM jamespolk
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* DidIMentionItsChristmas: The unsettling scene where Mac murders Trina takes place in a school that is decorated for the Christmas season, complete with tree.
31st Jul '15 8:00:05 PM jamespolk
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* MoneyFetish: Trina dumps the gold coins on her bed and rolls around in them.
* PooledFunds: See MoneyFetish above.

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* MoneyFetish: Trina dumps the gold coins on has an unhealthy relationship with her bed money.
--> "Oh how I saved
and rolls around in them.
* PooledFunds: See MoneyFetish above.
slaved for you. Nobody will ever have you."
25th Jul '15 2:20:33 PM jamespolk
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* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: Marcus flings a knife at [=McTeague=] which sticks neatly in the wall. (This being an obviously reversed shot in which a knife was yanked out of a wall.)


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* ContrivedCoincidence: After [=McTeague=] leaves for good, Trina leaves their sad little shack and takes up residence at a kindergarten where she works as custodian and sleeps in a side room. [=McTeague=] for his part is just randomly walking down a street one day, which happens to be the street in front of the school, and just happens to see his and Trina's wedding picture, torn in half and thrown in the garbage. This is how he finds her again.
25th Jul '15 1:10:03 PM jamespolk
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* ColorMotif: Yellow for greed, and specifically gold--see SplashOfColor below.



* MoneyFetish / PooledFunds: Trina dumps the gold coins on her bed and rolls around in them.

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* MoneyFetish / PooledFunds: MoneyFetish: Trina dumps the gold coins on her bed and rolls around in them.them.
* PooledFunds: See MoneyFetish above.
25th Jul '15 1:01:08 PM jamespolk
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* AmusementPark: Trina and Marcus go to one on a date.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: [=McTeague=] pauses while hauling a load of gold ore to tend to a wounded bird. Then, when another miner hassles him over it, [=McTeague=] flies into a rage and throws the miner into a ravine. His tender side and his violent temper are both established. The following title card even says "Such was [=McTeague=]."



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Not hard to figure out that [=McTeague=] and Trina are headed for a bad end. First comes their rather ominous first kiss, which [=McTeague=] delivers forcefully, followed by Trina fleeing in terror during a pouring rain. Then there's the wedding, in which a '''funeral procession''' passes by while they are exchanging vows.



* Main/{{Greed}}: In the title! It's a driving force of most of the character actions and ultimately [=McTeague=]'s FatalFlaw.

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* Main/{{Greed}}: {{Greed}}: In the title! It's a driving force of most of the character actions and ultimately [=McTeague=]'s FatalFlaw.FatalFlaw.
* KissingCousins: Marcus introduces Trina as both his girlfriend and his cousin.



* SplashOfColor: Everything made of gold in the film is hand-tinted yellow--gold nuggets, Trina's gold bridgework, her wedding ring, the gold watch that Marcus gives her, the gold coins that make up her $5000. The canaries that [=McTeague=] keeps in a cage are also tinted yellow.



* TemptingFate: Marcus agrees to let [=McTeague=] have Trina, saying that they are "Friends for life--or...death."



* ThirstyDesert: It's called Death Valley for a reason.

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* ThirstyDesert: It's called Really, Death Valley is a poor choice for a reason.refuge when fleeing from the police.


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* WeddingDay: A pretty ominous one--see {{Foreshadowing}} above.
29th May '15 6:45:57 AM whunt
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* Main/{{Greed}}: In the title! It's a driving force of most of the character actions and ultimately McTeague's FatalFlaw.

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* Main/{{Greed}}: In the title! It's a driving force of most of the character actions and ultimately McTeague's [=McTeague=]'s FatalFlaw.
29th May '15 6:45:12 AM whunt
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* Main/{{Greed}}: In the title! It's a driving force of most of the character actions and ultimately McTeague's FatalFlaw.
5th Apr '15 3:36:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* ExecutiveMeddling: This film was a victim of this.



* PlayingAgainstType: [=ZaSu=] Pitts, primarily known for her comedic roles, as the doomed Trina.
21st Feb '15 3:38:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* StaggeredZoom: The chilling last shot, where the film zooms out to show McTeague handcuffed to a corpse in the middle of a desert.

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* StaggeredZoom: The chilling last shot, where the film zooms out to show McTeague [=McTeague=] handcuffed to a corpse in the middle of a desert.
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