The movie itself was old. It was about human greed, exploitation and capacity.
In the feudal societies of Europe, some landholders had a gambling program. The deal was: a chosen worker was allowed to mark land, as much as he can, from sunrise to sunset, and he would be the owner (I don't remember if there was competition among workers or not, but it makes sense that the winner be the one who has marked more than others).
No worker ever becomes landholder! They ran so hard to mark more lands that by the sunset they died. In fact the landholders were aware of choosing with whom they made the deal. I remember a scene in which they were eating and laughing at a table and watching the greedy workers who were running to mark more lands.