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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)
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Juan Gallardo (as Rodolph Valentino)
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Leo White ...
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Rosita Marstini ...
Charles Belcher ...
Fred Becker ...
George Field ...
Jack Winn ...
Potaje
Harry Lamont ...
Puntillero
Gilbert Clayton ...
Walter Long ...
Plumitas
George Periolat ...
Marquis of Guevera
Sidney De Gray ...
Dr. Ruiz
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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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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5 August 1922 (USA)  »

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Blut und Sand  »

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The film's editor was Dorothy Arzner, who would later go on to become Hollywood's first female director. Arzner impressed the producers by cannily interspersing stock bull-fighting footage with shots of Rudolph Valentino to make it look like the actor was actually in the ring with real bulls. This was quite a progressive technique in its day. See more »

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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 »

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Not the best Valentino movie.
27 May 2001 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

Most people picture Rudolph Valentino from his earlier roles in "Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse" or "The Sheik". In this movie, Valentino plays a Matador in Spain and the story traces his rise and fall. Yes, he certainly was handsome and you see traces of his definate appeal here. For me, though, the movie was stolen by "the other woman", Dona Sol. She tarts her role up real well and plays it very broad, almost shockingly brazen for it's time. The scene where she tells Valentino that she longs to fell him beat her will make us wince, then she bites his hand while while in a semi-embrace in order to raise his passions. All stuff that seems pretty extreme for the typical innocent silent movie woman roles. The ending will be no surprise, it is telegraphed and alluded to many times during the movie. It's not Rudy at his absolute best, but I can recommend it.


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