Wednesday, January 28, 2009
In 1924, Erich Von Stroheim directed the epic silent film Greed, which some critics claim is the greatest movie to ever grace the silver screen. Portions of the film were shot in the Iowa Hill region of Placer County. A special screening of Greed will take place in the Gold Country Museum on Saturday, February 7th at 1:00 pm. The film is a morality tale that illustrates the destructive nature of greed as three people, whose lives are intertwined, struggle until the bitter end for wealth. After a brief introduction, we will show half the film, take a 15-20 minute intermission, then screen the last half. Greed has a running time of three hours and 48 minutes.
Greed is one of four films featured in a new exhibit in the Placer County Museum, History on the Go, The Silver Screen Edition.
The Gold County Museum is located at 1273 High Street inside the Gold County Fairgrounds in Auburn. Because seating is limited, reservations are required. For more information or to make your reservation, please call 530-889-6500.
One of the film locations for Greed was Death Valley. Traveling by car and horse, the production team trekked 90 miles into the heart of the valley where they shot the film's final scenes. They spent 37 days in the inhospitable environment and near the end had to ration water. The four minute video below documents their expedition into Death Valley.