- Erich von Stroheim
- Reviewed by
- Gon Curiel a.k.a. Groucho
- Review date
- Monday, August 05, 2002
Erich von Stroheim’s masterpiece of silent drama is especially notorious for its original length of 8 hours, and the tremendous trimming the studio did to it. The director never agreed with the change of course, but still the movie is outstanding, becoming an epic out of a very simple tale. Comedy relief and chilling symbolism is used throughout.
The depiction of humans as creatures of instinct and hatred is awfully scary, and frighteningly real. The characters descend to hell, little by little, until the unforgettable finale. All the actors do a top-notch work.
The beauty surrounding the depiction of such terrible happenings is admirable. This could very well be the greatest of all silent films.
Based on the novel McTeague by Frank Norris.
Try to catch the modern version, scored by Carl Davis.
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