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Time Out says

Originally planned to run around ten hours but hacked to just over two by Thalberg's MGM, von Stroheim's greatest film still survives as a true masterpiece of cinema. Even now its relentlessly cynical portrait of physical and moral squalor retains the ability to shock, while the Von's obsessive attention to realist detail - both in terms of the San Francisco and Death Valley locations, and the minutely observed characters - is never prosaic: as the two men and a woman fall out over filthy lucre (a surprise lottery win), their motivations are explored with a remarkably powerful visual poetry, and Frank Norris' novel is translated into the cinematic equivalent of, say, Zola at the peak of his powers. Never has a wedding been so bitterly depicted, never a moral denouement been delivered with such vicious irony.
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Release Details

  • Duration:7 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Erich von Stroheim
  • Screenwriter:Erich von Stroheim
  • Cast:
    • Gibson Gowland
    • ZaSu Pitts
    • Jean Hersholt
    • Tempe Pigott
    • Frank Hayes
    • Dale Fuller
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