#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – John McTeague was a simple slow man who became a dentist after working at the Big Dipper Gold Mine. He is now being hunted in Death Valley by his ex-best friend Marcus and the law. His lot was cast the day that he meet his future wife Trina in his office. She was with Marcus and she bought a lottery ticket. Well Mac fell for her and Marcus stepped aside. When Mac and Trina married, she won the Lottery for $5000 and became obsessive about the money in gold. Marcus is steamed as he stepped aside and now she is rich so he has the law shut down Mac as he has no official schooling for his dentistry. Trina fearful that they will take her gold away sells everything and takes all Mac earns when he is working. She adds to her stash of gold as they both live as paupers. When Mac has no job and no money, he leaves and Trina moves. Driven to desperation at being poor and hungry he finds Trina and demands the gold.
Plot: A lottery win of $5,000 forever changes the lives of a miner turned dentist and his wife.
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Silent Classic with Interesting History
Although I am not a big fan of classics, I know a good movie when I see one. However the legendary butchering of the film is more interesting than the movie itself. The original film was over nine hours long and was trimmed down to just over two and a half hours. Director Erich von Stroheim condemned the newly formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) for slashing his film. Continuity and subplots were torn from the masterpiece. Turner later tried to restore the film with publicity stills and new dialogue cards. This helped the film regain continuity and bring to light some of the subplots in the film. Turners new version is four hours and is splendidly done.
The film is about a miner named John McTeague who becomes a dentist through an apprenticeship. He soon opens his own business and meets a woman already involved with his friend Marcus. Marcus agrees to step aside since McTeague is obviously in love with the woman. After the woman named Trina wins $5000 in a lottery the story really takes off in what can only be described as a serious case of “Greed.” I can tell no more without spoiling the film, but if you can stomach silent films this is one of the best.
Marvelous Silent Film
The novel “McTeague” by Frank Norris is one of my all-time faves, and I was flabbergasted at how well director Erich von Stroheim’s obsessive adaptation of it captures the flavor of the book. Many film adaptations now can’t do this well, let alone those made back when resources were much more limited than they are today.
I saw the reconstructed version aired on TCM, which clocks in at about 4 and a half hours (a mere short compared to von Stroheim’s original mythical 9 hour version). Half of the movie exists as still images giving a general impression of what the film would have looked like, and it’s absolutely mesmerizing even presented in this less than ideal format. I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to experience it as filmed. Von Stroheim slavishly recreates every plot line and detail in the book, which I suppose might frustrate someone not as morbidly fascinated by the novel as me. I, on the other hand, thought the film was going to be a bit of an endurance test, and instead found the time flying by. I had to watch it in three installments because of time limitations, but I could easily have watched the thing in one sitting if I had been able to.
Gibson Gowland and Jean Hersholt give fantastic performances as McTeague and friend-turned-rival Marcus, but it’s the character of Trina, as it is in the book, that steals the show. I was delighted to find that von Stroheim includes the scene from the novel in which Trina, who starts out as a lovely little wife and turns into a monster through obsessive frugality, rolls around in a bed littered with gold pieces. It’s such a striking image in the book, and it is in the movie as well. And as Trina, Zasu Pitts is extraordinary.
“McTeague” the novel may be antiquated in its style, and “Greed” the movie in its techniques, but what the book and movie are about will never be out of fashion as long as humans and money coexist.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 20 min (140 min), 3 hr 59 min (239 min) (1999 reconstructed) (USA), 2 hr 10 min (130 min) (20 fps) (original) (Portugal)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Thriller, Western
Director Erich von Stroheim
Writer June Mathis (screen adaptation and scenario), Erich von Stroheim (screen adaptation and scenario), Frank Norris (from the American classic “McTeague” by)
Actors Zasu Pitts, Gibson Gowland, Jean Hersholt, Dale Fuller
Awards 1 win.
Production Company Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Sound Mix Silent
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1
Laboratory Blache Laboratories, San Francisco (CA), USA
Film Length 3,028.44 m (10 reels), 3,068 m (Spain)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm