Greed (1924)

Frank Norris' powerful Zola-esque novel McTeague was first filmed in 1915. While filmmaker Erich Von Stroheim would insist that he'd been enthralled by the book since it first came out in 1902, it is more likely that he didn't… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1924
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

Mr. von Stroheim has not missed a vulgar point, but on the other hand his direction of the effort is cunningly dramatic.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

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.

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Von Stroheim's groundbreaking film is still intriguing.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Cole Smithey

Even in its severely edited form Von Stroheim's masterpiece is just that; a masterpiece.

Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

Greed (1924) is one of the greatest silent films ever made, although the film was a box-office failure at the time. The 'lost' film masterpiece

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Von Stroheim's butchered masterpiece

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This version of Greed is a don't miss one -- a Hollywood art film that was half-destroyed by them, yet still managed to somehow survive.

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