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Greed (film)

Greed is a 1924 American silent film, written and directed by Erich von Stroheim and based on the 1899 Frank Norris novel McTeague. It stars Gibson Gowland as Dr. John McTeague, ZaSu Pitts as his wife Trina Sieppe and Jean Hersholt as McTeague's friend and eventual enemy Marcus Schouler. The film tells the story of McTeague, a San Francisco dentist, who marries his best friend Schouler's girlfriend Trina. Shortly after their engagement, Trina wins a lottery prize of $5,000, at that time a substantial sum. Schouler jealously informs the authorities that McTeague had been practicing dentistry without a license, and McTeague and Trina become impoverished. While living in squalor, McTeague becomes a violent alcoholic and Trina becomes greedily obsessed with her winnings, refusing to spend any of them, despite how poor she and her husband have become. Eventually McTeague murders Trina for the money and flees to Death Valley. Schouler catches up with him there for a final confrontation.

Stroheim shot more than 85 hours of footage and obsessed over accuracy during the filming. Two months were spent shooting in Death Valley for the film's final sequence and many of the cast and crew became ill. Greed was one of the few films of its time to be shot entirely on location. Stroheim used sophisticated filming techniques such as deep-focus cinematography and montage editing. He considered Greed to be a Greek tragedy, in which environment and heredity controlled the characters' fates and reduced them to primitive bête humaines (human beasts).

During the making of Greed, the production company merged into Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, putting Irving Thalberg in charge of the production. Thalberg had fired Stroheim a few years earlier at Universal Pictures. Originally almost eight hours long, Greed was edited against Stroheim's wishes to about two-and-a-half hours. Only twelve people saw the full-length 42-reel version, now lost; some of them called it the greatest film ever made. Stroheim later called Greed his most fully realized work and was hurt both professionally and personally by the studio's re-editing of it.

The uncut version has been called the "holy grail" for film archivists, amid repeated false claims of the discovery of the missing footage. In 1999 Turner Entertainment created a four-hour version of Greed that used existing stills of cut scenes to reconstruct the film. Greed was a critical and financial failure upon its initial release, but by the 1950s it began to be regarded as one of the greatest films ever made; filmmakers and scholars have praised it for its influence on subsequent films.

Greed (game show)

Greed is an American television game show that was first broadcast on Fox in November 4, 1999 and last broadcast on July 14, 2000 with the total of 44 episodes in one season. Chuck Woolery was the show's host, with Mark Thompson serving as a primary announcer. The game consisted of a team of contestants who answered a series of multiple-choice questions for a potential prize of up to $2 million ($4 million on five Super Greed episodes). The program's catchline is "The Richest Most Dangerous Game In America."

Greed (Swans album)

Greed is the third studio album by American post-punk band Swans. It was released in 1986, through record label K.422. Greed marks the slow turning point for Swans away from the harsh, brutal noise rock of prior releases, and is also the first Swans album to contain contributions from Jarboe.

Greed (The Series)

Greed (song)

"Greed" is a song by the band Godsmack. It served as the third and final single from their second album, Awake, released in 2001.

Greed (Ambitious Lovers album)

Greed is the second album by Ambitious Lovers, released in 1988 through Virgin Records.

Greed (Jelinek novel)

Greed is a 2000 novel by the Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek. It was the first novel of hers to be translated into English after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, and also the first book of hers to be translated into English in seven years. While much of her work is rooted in the Austrian literary tradition, she has also been known to take a feminist stand on the dealings of the Communist Party of Austria.

Greed (disambiguation)

Greed is an excessive desire to possess wealth or goods with the intention to keep it for one's self.

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Greed

Greed ( OE grǽdum) is an inordinate or insatiable longing, especially for wealth, status, and power.

As secular psychological concept, greed is an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs. The degree of inordinance is related to the inability to control the reformulation of "wants" once desired "needs" are eliminated. Erich Fromm described greed as "a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction." It is typically used to criticize those who seek excessive material wealth, although it may apply to the need to feel more excessively moral, social, or otherwise better than someone else.

The purpose for greed, and any actions associated with it, is possibly to deprive others of potential means (perhaps, of basic survival and comfort) or future opportunities accordingly, or to obstruct them therefrom, thus insidious and tyrannical or otherwise having negative connotation. Alternately, the purpose could be defense or counteraction from such dangerous, potential negotiation in matters of questionable agreeability. A consequence of greedy activity may be inability to sustain any of the costs or burdens associated with that which has been or is being accumulated, leading to a backfire or destruction, whether of self or more generally. So, the level of "inordinance" of greed pertains to the amount of vanity, malice or burden associated with it.

Greed (UK game show)

Greed (stylised as Gr££d) is a British television quiz show based on the American version of the same title. The series, which was very short lived in UK offered a £1,000,000 top prize, it was hosted by Jerry Springer.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

greed

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
corporate
▪ We should look at corporate greed, investor stupidity and lack of backbone within national governments as the down side of globalisation.
▪ The fear of jobs lost to immigrants and Third World countries, to corporate greed.
■ VERB
drive
▪ A reckless deal driven by short-term greed?
▪ The growing number of people registering their interest in investing are being driven by the greed factor alone.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be evil/beauty/greed etc incarnate
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Greed got him his fancy cars and high-powered boats. And greed caused his downfall.
▪ He is driven by greed and envy.
▪ It's a story of lust, hatred and greed.
▪ No one needs to earn salaries as big as that. It's pure greed, that's all it is.
▪ The greed for power of local politicians is simply amazing.
▪ You don't really want more ice cream -- it's just greed.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A symbol of what his children can and still do to each other because of greed, envy and anger.
▪ But unions say it's pure greed.
▪ He blames greed and racism for those economic realities, and he looks forward to discussing them in the upcoming campaign.
▪ If you want to control the vogue for greed and exploitation, then start using local suppliers.
▪ The fear of jobs lost to immigrants and Third World countries, to corporate greed.
▪ They need to figure out how to make a reasonable profit and knock off the greed.
▪ This wasn't selfishness or greed, just a feeling that it was due.
WordNet

greed

  1. n. excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves

  2. reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins) [syn: avarice, covetousness, rapacity, avaritia]

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Greed

Greed \Greed\ (gr[=e]d"), n. [Akin to Goth. gr[=e]dus hunger, Icel. gr[=a][eth]r. [root]34. See Greedy.] An eager desire or longing; greediness; as, a greed of gain.

Wiktionary

greed

n. A selfish or excessive desire for more than is needed or deserved, especially of money, wealth, food, or other possessions.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

greed

c.1600, a back-formation from greedy.

Usage examples of "greed".

OFF THE Mangrove Coast From the jungles of Borneo to the hidden canyons of the American West, from small-town fight clubs to a Parisian cafe at the end of World War II, these are tales of betrayal and revenge, courage and cowardice, glory and greed, as only Louis L Amour can tell them.

Blood-maddened redcoats, fed on arrack and rum, roamed the vast stronghold with bayonets and greed both sharpened.

Earl was not prompted to spend his life and fortune on buccaneering voyages merely by greed of plunder, but was chiefly inspired by intense love of his country, loyalty to his Queen, and bitter hatred of the Spaniards.

There were squadrons of jet-black drongos with long forked tails, starlings of iridescent malachite green, rollers and bee-eaters in jewelled colours of turquoise and sunlight yellow, carmine and purple, jinking and whirling in full flight, ecstatic with greed.

The thing you see there was conceived in hate and lust and greed, and it was contrived for the satisfaction of such characteristics in Fal Sivas.

But on both sides, Boba Fett would have his ringers and stoolies, feeding him useful information and helping to drive even more wedges of suspicion and greed between one bounty hunter and the next.

The key will shriek in the lock, The door will rustily hinge, Will open on features of mould, To vanish corrupt at a glimpse, And mock as the wild echoes mock, Soulless in mimic, doth Greed Or the passion for fruitage tinge That dream, for your parricide imps To wing through the body of Time, Yourselves in slaying him slay.

Great Meeting, for She-Who-Creates-by-Speaking-Its-Name felt that the animals represented the various elements of human nature adequately, be it vulgarity or greed or guile or ill-temper or pride or stubbornness or any other thing.

He saw their greed and prejudice, their gullibility, their perfidy, their baseness.

His flaming eyes scanned the natural-color photographs in the same filing cabinet that had made the mouth of Mark Kemper water with greed.

Such lands, such wealth, such rank, represent, rateably, the labour and the prudence, the valour and the wisdom, it may well be but the servility or the greed, of the dead men who have gone before.

The boy, agog from the TV, comes romping in squawking with greed for another new thing that this time just has to be bought, to take him out of this good old world fast gadgets and the clothes to go with them, so he will walk in happiness for all of his days.

Its contents were sufficient to put an end to the combined evil that Rowling, Blogg and Marker had committed in their greed for wealth.

Both tales, whatever their origin, are bitter satires on the greed and worldliness of the Romish clergy.

They experience anger and resentment because something has been stolen from them, and these emotions serve only to drive The Other Place yet farther away because, as every trudger along the Lower Path knows, mystic peace recoils in the face of the destructive lower emotions such as hate, envy, resentment, and greed.