ETYM Akin to Goth. grędus hunger, Icel. grâthr. Related to Greedy.
Excessive desire to acquire or possess more (esp. material wealth) than one needs or deserves.
Silent film 1923–25, directed by Erich von Stroheim. It is a relentlessly cynical depiction of the gradual moral and physical disintegration of two men and a woman over money (a lottery win).
Originally running for over 10 hours, the eventual two-hour epic, with its visual poetry derived from its San Francisco and Death Valley locations, is von Stroheim's most acclaimed achievement.