Erich von Stroheim, 1924, 140 min., archival 35mm print, with original score and live musical accompaniment by Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra
7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium, 470 E. Lockwood Ave. Free screening. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
As part of the 2013 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival, Cinema St. Louis and the Webster U. Film Series present a 35mm screening of Erich von Stoheim’s classic silent film “Greed” (1924), with an original score and live musical accompaniment by the Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra. Von Stroheim’s film speaks to the festival’s theme – “Money, Money! Need, Greed, and Generosity” – on several levels.
Based on Frank Norris’ novel “McTeague,” “Greed” involves the manifold troubles that ensue after the wife (ZaSu Pitts) of McTeague (Gibson Gowland) wins a lottery prize of $5,000. Striving for maximum realism, von Stroheim produced a nearly eight-hour version of the film, but MGM eventually cut “Greed” to 140 minutes for commercial reasons. The uncut version is considered lost. The film will be introduced and discussed by former Chicago Reader film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, author of the BFI Film Classics volume on “Greed.”
For full information on the Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival, visit the Missouri Humanities Council site or download the schedule below: