The 22nd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival concludes Sunday, November 24th with a feast of films on offer. Among the highlights will be three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by a conversation with St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Williams and a screening of Stone's "JFK." Equally brilliant is Erich von Stroheim's 1924 "Greed."
Given that at least two-thirds of the silent films ever made no longer exist, how fortunate that director Erich von Stroheim’s “Greed” has survived. Though its running time of two hours twenty minutes seems long even by today’s standards, in fact von Stroheim envisioned an eight-hour extravaganza, painstakingly shooting over 85 hours of film.