Like most of the films von Stroheim made during his directorial career, which scarcely lasted a decade, “Greed” is a triumph of ultra-realism. Philosophically, it is witheringly wise in its view of humanity’s capacity for folly; thematically, it represents a still-relevant cautionary tale about the fragility of the American dream.
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Zasu Pitts is Trina, Gibson Gowland is McTeague and Hughie Mack is Mr. Heise.
Official still that was used in a US re-release of the film.