History Film / Greed

28th Aug '17 5:05:03 PM ThatsNotFroot
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A 1924 silent film directed by Creator/ErichVonStroheim, based on the novel ''Literature/McTeague'' by Frank Norris. John [=McTeague=] (Gibson Gowland) is a miner in the California gold country. A visiting dentist inspires [=McTeague=] to try something new, and the dentist takes him on as an apprentice. [=McTeague=] eventually settles down as a dentist in San Francisco. [=McTeague=]'s friend Marcus (Jean Hersholt) brings his girlfriend Trina (Zasu Pitts) to [=McTeague=] as a patient. Marcus nobly steps aside when [=McTeague=] falls in love with Trina. [=McTeague=] and Trina are married.

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A 1924 silent psychological drama film directed by Creator/ErichVonStroheim, based on the novel ''Literature/McTeague'' by Frank Norris. John [=McTeague=] (Gibson Gowland) is a miner in the California gold country. A visiting dentist inspires [=McTeague=] him to try something new, and the dentist takes him on as an apprentice. [=McTeague=] eventually settles down as a dentist in San Francisco. [=McTeague=]'s His friend Marcus (Jean Hersholt) brings his girlfriend Trina (Zasu Pitts) to [=McTeague=] as a patient. Marcus nobly steps aside when [=McTeague=] falls in love with Trina. [=McTeague=] and Trina are married.
28th Aug '17 3:52:53 PM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* TheSevenDeadlySins: Most of the characters' actions are driven by greed, but [=McTeague=] shows lust as he kisses an unconscious Trina, and Marcus is overcome with envy. Gluttony is also on display at the wedding feast.

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* TheSevenDeadlySins: Most of the characters' actions are driven by greed, but [=McTeague=] shows lust as he kisses an unconscious Trina, and Marcus is overcome with envy.envy, before that envy turns to wrath in the final confrontation. Gluttony is also on display at the wedding feast.
28th Aug '17 2:38:51 PM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* BeardOfSorrow: [=McTeague=] grows one after getting fired.


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* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:Maria's fate.]]
28th Aug '17 2:35:27 PM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* UnholyMatrimony: [=McTeague=], who lusts for his patient while she's unconscious, causes trouble with his violent temper and is just as avaricious as the rest of them, and Trina, who has a serious MoneyFetish.

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* UnholyMatrimony: [=McTeague=], who lusts for his patient while she's unconscious, causes trouble with his violent temper and is just as avaricious as the rest of them, hoards money for alcohol, and Trina, who has a serious MoneyFetish.MoneyFetish.
** Zerkow and his wife Maria, who marry for mutual avarice, and whose marriage dissolves into hatred even quicker than the [=McTeague=]s'.
28th Aug '17 2:29:09 PM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* AnimalMotifs: [=McTeague=] and his wife are represented as birds, caged together in a dysfunctional relationship, while Marcus is the cat watching from below and waiting to pounce.
28th Aug '17 2:19:46 PM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* EarAche: Marcus bites [=McTeague=]'s earlobe when they get into a fight.
28th Aug '17 2:15:13 PM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* TheSevenDeadlySins: Most of the characters' actions are driven by greed, but [=McTeague=] shows lust as he kisses an unconscious Trina, and Marcus is overcome with envy.

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* TheSevenDeadlySins: Most of the characters' actions are driven by greed, but [=McTeague=] shows lust as he kisses an unconscious Trina, and Marcus is overcome with envy. Gluttony is also on display at the wedding feast.


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* UnholyMatrimony: [=McTeague=], who lusts for his patient while she's unconscious, causes trouble with his violent temper and is just as avaricious as the rest of them, and Trina, who has a serious MoneyFetish.
28th Aug '17 11:58:14 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* TheSevenDeadlySins: Most of the characters' actions are driven by greed, but [=McTeague=] shows lust as he kisses an unconscious Trina, and Marcus is overcome with envy.
11th Jul '17 4:50:44 PM gemmabeta2
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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, but the twelve people who ''did'' see the full eight hour version have deemed it one of the greatest films ever made.

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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. It is often considered the most "literal" film adaptation of a novel ever (the run-time is only two hours shy of that of the unabridged audiobook of the novel). 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, but the twelve people who ''did'' see the full eight hour version have deemed it one of the greatest films ever made.
31st Dec '16 12:49:45 AM ADrago
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* LostForever: Large portions of this originally 8 hour film were cut and thrown away by the producers.
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