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as John McTeague
as Marcus Schouler
as Hans Sieppe
as Mrs. Sieppe
as August Sieppe
as Sieppe Twin
as Sieppe Twin
as McTeague's mother
as Traveling Dentist
as Dr. "Painless" Potter
as McTeague's Father
as Lottery Agent
as Joe Frenna, Saloon Keeper
as Deputy Sheriff
as Zerkow, a Junkman
as Old Grannis
as Miss Baker
Critic Reviews for Greed
Mr. von Stroheim has not missed a vulgar point, but on the other hand his direction of the effort is cunningly dramatic.
Erich von Stroheim's Greed (1925), like the Venus de Milo, is acclaimed as a classic despite missing several parts deemed essential by its creator.
Von Stroheim's rep, after a long dormancy, has been on the rise, and this is the best evidence of his work you'll get until someone finds those lost five hours in some Ukrainian subcellar.
McTeague is surely a great novel, but one reason Greed is even better is that Stroheim had more lived experience to bring to the material.
Even in its severely edited form Von Stroheim's masterpiece is just that; a masterpiece.
Audience Reviews for Greed
An impressive achievement leaves one wondering what was lost from Von Stroheim's original nine hour epic original. What's left is compelling with great work from ZaSu Pitts as the rapacious Trina.
This rating is for the 4 hour restored cut. I am definitely going to watch the shorter version as well, easily amongst my favorite silent films ever.
Perhaps if I were to see the entire 9 hours of the original cut, I might have liked it a bit more. It is a powerful film - with images that stay in your mind and tap at your heart after seeing it. However, it just doesn't come across as realistic in many places, and it's overly melodramatic - even for a melodramatic film. After watching the 4 1/2 hour "La Roue" I can see the benefits in spending more time with the characters when they don't "speak" for themselves . . . it simply takes more time to build empathy and identification and overlook the melodrama. When Marcus "gives up" his sweetheart to McTeague, it simply doesn't ring true . . . and Trina and McTeague's relationship is bizarre from the beginning. McTeague always coming across as a stalker or serial killer and Trina looking terrified that he might touch her. It doesn't make any sense as to why they would have gotten married in the first place. Maybe the missing footage fleshed it out more - but a lot of it has to do with the direction and acting. It's hard to watch. Once Trina becomes obsessed with the gold the film takes on a much more realistic and dynamic quality . . . and the final third of the film makes a strong statement which is quite haunting.
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