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A toreador's familial and social life is threatened when he has an affair.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosa Rosanova ...
Angustias (as Rose Rosanova)
Juan Gallardo (as Rodolph Valentino)
Leo White ...
Rosita Marstini ...
Charles Belcher ...
Fred Becker ...
George Field ...
Jack Winn ...
Harry Lamont ...
Gilbert Clayton ...
Walter Long ...
George Periolat ...
Marquis of Guevera
Sidney De Gray ...
Dr. Ruiz


Juan is the son of a poor widow in Seville. Against his mother's wishes he pursues a career as toreador. He rapidly gains national prominence, and takes his childhood sweetheart Carmen as his bride. He meets the Marquis' daughter Dona Sol, and finds himself in the awkward position of being in love with two women, which threatens the stability of his family and his position in society. He finds interesting parallels in the life of the infamous bandit Plumitas when they eventually meet by chance. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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Drama | Romance | Sport


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Release Date:

5 August 1922 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blut und Sand  »

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Recently introduced laws protecting the safety of animals meant that it was impossible to shoot footage of a real bullfight. Stock footage is used instead. See more »


The mountain bandit who is one of the principal supporting characters is an anachronism; the Guardia Civil did away with their kind during the late 19th century. See more »


Referenced in Long Pants (1927) See more »

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The film is almost as conflicted as Valentino's character
1 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Blood and Sand" tells us many times how cruel and dangerous it believes bullfighting to be, but in terms of what it actually shows us, it seems far more interested in the romantic qualities of Rudolph Valentino and his larger-than-life love triangle.

Valentino gives a legitimately good performance, but even the love story loses some of its immediacy from the fact that "Blood and Sand" takes its subject at some distance, periodically stepping back and focusing on the scholar who foreshadows the matador's end. This also allows some of the characterization to go without being fully realized. When all is said and done it is neither believable as an anti-bullfighting film nor totally involving as a story of a love triangle, but some of the elements, including the performances and some excellent symbolic imagery, are well realized.

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