Samstag, 30. Juli 2011

Greed (von Stroheim, 1924) - TSPDT #64

Story of a miner climbing and falling down the social ladder in his struggle for wealth and happiness.

It's quite an amazing film, although watching it without any sound was rather challenging, plus the many still frames from the reconstruction make it a bit tedious. The build-up is extremely slow and the subplots are a little bit cartoony (the love story of the elderly couple) but in the end the showdown in the desert is amazing.

The idea of the dead man being attached to the body of the evil winner has been repeated many times. I wonder if it can be traced back in time.

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