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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: BFI Publishing; First Edition edition (1 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851703585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851703589
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 0.6 x 18.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 879,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had no trouble with the binding (see other reviewer) but found this definitely one of the least engaging of the BFI Film Classics series (I have 25+ of these). The book is much too short, with the available space to go in different directions unused. This BFI book on the brilliant silent film Greed is almost all only about how the film was cut: what was removed or left in. There is, however, very little comment on or analysis of either. Comparisons at the end with other films such as Bill Forsyth's Housekeeping seem arbitrary and tacked on.

Greed by Rosenbaum is only an essay really, one with very little to add to an appreciation of the film other than a couple of points: like the fact that Greed "did disastrous business in the foreign market" (53,000 dollars by 1930 in comparison to 275,000 dollars in the U.S.) and that an "enormous amount of material has been added by Stroheim" as compared to what was taken from the book by Frank Norris. The book comes at Greed with such a limited remit and is so short that it is not representative of the film nor offering anywhere near enough written on it.
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Prepare to pay 5x cost to rebind it 26 July 2007
By Dr. Neil Fitzgerald - Published on Amazon.com
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Useful little book for lovers of Green and McTeague, but the binding comes apart six pages into the first reading. Might as well Xerox a library copy.
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