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

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Cast

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)  »

Also Known As:

Blut und Sand  »

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According to author James Kirkwood Jr., whose mother Lila Lee played Carmen in this film, Rudolph Valentino liked to eat traditional Italian foods, heavily spiced with garlic. Lee had to ask that her love scenes with Valentino be shot in the morning so she wouldn't have to deal with his garlic breath after lunch. 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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Referenced in Long Pants (1927) See more »

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A sensitive and subtle performance by Valentino.
8 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've watched "Blood and Sand" several times; I own the DVD. With every viewing I notice some new subtle nuance in the under played gestures of Valentino. In the big seduction scene between Valentino and the voluptuous Nita Naldi, she sits at a harp, delicately playing, with her back to Valentino. He walks up behind her chair, clearly aroused, and he begins to seductively stroke the chair! This is so under played and yet so visually compelling and sensuous.It is so unlike the melodramatic rather hystrionic aesthetic so often found in films from this period. Valentino's restraint throughout the film's more emotional moments is compelling; his subtlety pulls the viewer intimately inward.True, the bull fighting scenes leave a bit to be desired. They are the result of some rather choppy editing and sadly come off looking peculiar,even humorous at times. Somehow Valentino pulls it off, his graceful movements, his quiet emotions, his compelling sensuality more than make up for the lack of authenticity in the bullring.


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