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A disheveled man flanked by two people staring at the camera


Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI



30 Mar

An ex-miner and dentist kills his greedy wife and then sets out across Death Valley to stalk his rival. Butchered by MGM before its release, after Stroheim submitted an almost 8-hour final cut, the director’s unrelenting study of moral decay and dehumanising avarice remains a towering masterpiece of minutiae and American cinematic realism.

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
  • Based on Frank Norris’ epic novel McTeague, it is both one of the great films of the silent era and a landmark in the practice of adaptation, featuring vividly expressive performances by Gibson Gowland, Zasu Pitts and Jean Hersholt.