Von Stroheim's Greed

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Erikht
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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#101 Post by Erikht » Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:42 pm

Perkins Cobb wrote:Whatever happened to that slacker who Youtubed himself holding up each and every one of his Criterion DVDs and hideously mispronouncing all the foreign titles? I vote for him as our ambassador to Feltenstein. "Ee-ritch Vone Straw-heem!"

The way he pronounces "Dr. Mabuse" actually make some sense. He was rather abusive, wasn't he?

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#102 Post by dx23 » Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:20 am

The 4 hour version of Greed is available for download on iTunes.

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#103 Post by Jean-Luc Garbo » Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:36 pm

dx23 wrote:The 4 hour version of Greed is available for download on iTunes.
Oh, WB. #-o

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#104 Post by Peacock » Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:52 pm

Please turn to page 2 ;)

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#105 Post by Antoine Doinel » Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:53 pm

So the local cinematheque is showing Greed next month in both the 2 hour cut and the 4 hour reconstruction. As a newbie, which is the better entry point? My gut tells me I should just go full throttle into the reconstruction, though do the stills fudge up the pacing of the film? I realize this may be a moot question considering the film has been hacked to bits already.

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#106 Post by Tommaso » Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:02 pm

I've never seen the two hour cut, but the stills clearly hold up the pacing in the longer version, which is a must-see nevertheless. My suggestion is obvious: watch the shorter version first, and then the four-hour cut to see at least a little of what is missing. The film deserves repeated viewing anyway. Hope your local cinematheque shows the short version first, of course.

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#107 Post by Sloper » Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:15 pm

Seconded - the reconstruction is fascinating, but I'm not sure how much of an impression it really gives of what the film was meant to be like. I've recently been looking through the 'Complete Greed' book, which I think actually contains a lot of stills that aren't in the reconstruction, and it seems a more rewarding experience.

Some think the two-hour cut is mangled and corrupted, but for me it works beautifully, especially with Carl Davis' score. Do you know who's going to be doing the music for this showing, Antoine?

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#108 Post by zedz » Tue Mar 30, 2010 3:14 pm

The restoration is a pretty disjunctive viewing experience. To me it seems more like a really convincing argument that the film was an incredible masterpiece rather than a masterpiece itself. I have to go with both - I don't think either version on its own is going to properly convey what Von Stroheim was really doing with the film.

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#109 Post by Antoine Doinel » Tue Mar 30, 2010 3:43 pm

Thanks for the input guys. The downside is the Greed showings are two days apart: 2 hr version first, then the 4 hr version two days later. I'm only going to be able to commit to one, which will probably be the latter. That said, Rick Schmidlin will be presenting both which will prove to worth it alone.

As for the soundtrack, the 2 hr version (screened from a print) is going to have a live piano score (not sure what orchestration the pianist be directed to play) but the 4 hr version is being screened from a beta source, and I imagine will use whatever TCM used when they showed it as the soundtrack.

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#110 Post by Perkins Cobb » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:33 pm

Antoine Doinel wrote:As for the soundtrack, the 2 hr version (screened from a print) is going to have a live piano score (not sure what orchestration the pianist be directed to play) but the 4 hr version is being screened from a beta source, and I imagine will use whatever TCM used when they showed it as the soundtrack.
That'd definitely tip me toward seeing the short version first. And hey, there's always iTunes for the other one!

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#111 Post by Ben Cheshire » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:42 pm

That restoration has made the 2-hour version go down in priority, so we have the iTunes decision, the talk of only putting the 4 hourversion on DVD, making the theatrical cut rarer. The restoration is a frustrating headache to watch first. It's not a movie. See the 2 hour version, it's the onlyversion that's actually a movie.

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#112 Post by HarryLong » Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:11 pm

Sloper wrote:I've recently been looking through the 'Complete Greed' book, which I think actually contains a lot of stills that aren't in the reconstruction...
Sounds like the LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT photo-reconstruction that, for some reason, ignores a helluva lot of stills I've seen elsewhere, including in the philip Riley book.
Why is it that MGM can't round up a better selection of their own stills for these things?

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#113 Post by willoneill » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:49 pm

Is this playing in Montreal? Where and when?

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#114 Post by Antoine Doinel » Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:13 am

Again, thanks for all the input guys. Probably going to go with the reconstruction first and then be devastated afterward by what was hacked out when I get to the 2 hr version. I know iTunes has the 4 hr reconstruction but the idea of watching Stroheim on a computer screen seems really wrong. If I had a week between screenings I would do both but my schedule just won't allow it.

willoneill, the screenings are at the end of April at the Cinematheque Quebecoise in downtown Montreal. Here's the April schedule: http://www.cinematheque.qc.ca/programma ... ril10.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#115 Post by Antoine Doinel » Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:18 am

Presenting his reconstruction last night in Montreal, Rick Schmidlin said that TCM were "talking about" releasing "Greed" on DVD in December: http://theplaylist.blogspot.com/2010/04 ... piece.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Incidentally, I found the stills were integrated really nicely with the film. Didn't hold up the film for me at all (though it took me a good while to used to the format). Fyi, it was presented with Robert Israel's score which I imagine will be the one used for any video release.

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#116 Post by Peacock » Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:45 am

I hope they release both versions, because perhaps if the reconstruction is the only one released, there will be less demand for the theatrical and Warners will think they can get away with leaving on the back burner.

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#117 Post by reno dakota » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:05 pm

Airing on TCM on Sept. 22 at 8:30am (239 min. version). Set your DVRs!

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#118 Post by HarryLong » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:09 pm

Antoine Doinel wrote:Presenting his reconstruction last night in Montreal, Rick Schmidlin said that TCM were "talking about" releasing "Greed" on DVD in December
Was a year mentioned?

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#119 Post by zedz » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:21 pm

HarryLong wrote:
Antoine Doinel wrote:Presenting his reconstruction last night in Montreal, Rick Schmidlin said that TCM were "talking about" releasing "Greed" on DVD in December
Was a year mentioned?
2005

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#120 Post by headacheboy » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:31 pm

Antoine,
I watched the four hour version of Greed this a.m. on TCM. Initially I wasn't certain I could deal with the use of stills throughout either, but I got so wrapped in the various storylines I stopped noticing after a period of time. The last time I saw Greed was about 8 years ago on an MGM VHS tape from my local library. I loved it then, but this time around, wow! All the gold tinting was surprising but what I really was amazed by were the fleshed out storylines. I've just finished reading The Playlist article and who wouldn't want to see Greed on DVD come December? (Well, maybe Warner Bros might not want it released because I'm certain iTunes is selling the heck out of it!)

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#121 Post by HarryLong » Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:41 pm

zedz wrote:
HarryLong wrote:
Antoine Doinel wrote:Presenting his reconstruction last night in Montreal, Rick Schmidlin said that TCM were "talking about" releasing "Greed" on DVD in December
Was a year mentioned?
2005
I can't wait.

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#122 Post by stroszeck » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:43 pm

Hate to bump up a thread from 2010, but has anyone heard anything about a possible DVD release of the 4 hr version? At this point I would even be grateful for a DVD-R release (kind of).

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#123 Post by JPJ » Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:04 am

Roger Ryan wrote:
JPJ wrote:
felipe wrote:Has Warner ever mentioned the possibility of releasing The crowd, Show people, The wind or Greed? Either on the Archive or as regular releases?
I think all of these were mentioned as possible releases during one of those Warner chats back in 2004 or 05.As usual with Warners,they are probably still looking for better elements.
Well, GREED was issued through iTunes a couple of years ago.
stroszeck wrote:Hate to bump up a thread from 2010, but has anyone heard anything about a possible DVD release of the 4 hr version? At this point I would even be grateful for a DVD-R release (kind of).
The song remains the same.

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#124 Post by FilmFanSea » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:44 pm

JPJ wrote:The song remains the same.
A sad song, on a broken record. Sigh.

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Re: Von Stroheim's Greed

#125 Post by deoliolioxenfree » Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:32 pm

If anyone is interested "Greed" will (probably) be the featured article on the main page of Wikipedia on December 4th. If it gains any interest there it may be a good way to give WB more incentive to finally release a good DVD.

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