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Blood and Sand (1922)

 -  Drama | Romance | Sport  -  5 August 1922 (USA)
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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 ...
Antonio
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Carmen
Rosita Marstini ...
Encarnacion
Charles Belcher ...
Don Joselito
Fred Becker ...
Don José
George Field ...
El Nacional
Jack Winn ...
Potaje
Harry Lamont ...
Puntillero
Gilbert Clayton ...
Garabato
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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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Blut und Sand  »

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Rudolph Valentino and Natacha Rambova hoped to have the film shot in Spain, but the studio ultimately elected to shoot the whole film on the backlot in Hollywood. 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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