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Blood and Sand (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Sport | 30 May 1941 (USA)
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Illiterate peasant Juan Gallardo rises meteorically to fame and fortune in the bullfight arena only to sow the seeds of his own fall.



(based on the novel by) (as Vicente Blasco Ibanez), (screenplay)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Senora Augustias (as Nazimova)
Antonio Lopez (as William Montague)
Vicente Gómez ...
Guitarist (as Vicente Gomez)
Captain Pierre Lauren
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Don Jose Alvarez (as Pedro deCordoba)
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Pedro Espinosa
Victor Kilian ...


Bullfighter Juan Gallardo falls for socialite Dona Sol, turning from the faithful Carmen who nevertheless stands by her man as he continues to face real danger in the bullring. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Love flamed in the shadow of death!


Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

30 May 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sangre y arena  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hedy Lamarr was the first actress approached to play Doña Sol, but MGM refused to loan her to Fox. See more »


During the scene when Doña Sol des Muire sings to Juan Gallardo on his first visit to her home, she accompanies herself on the guitar, but while she strums the fingers of her other hand never move to change chords as she plays. See more »


Juan Gallardo: Carmen ceta, you're the only true one in the world.
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Awesome movie with a love triangle of passion and tragedy flooded.
14 April 2012 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

The action takes place in Seville around 1940, with a foreword from 10 years earlier. It tells the story of "Juan Gallardo" ("Juanillo"), (Tyrone Power), son of a bullfighter who died, of humble, uneducated and illiterate, bullfighting fan from childhood, who moves to Madrid to advance the profession. He is brave, ambitious and weak women. His long-time girlfriend, then wife is Carmen Espinosa (Linda Darnell), generous, sacrificed and strong. "Juan" is attracted "Sol Mihura" (Rita Hayworth), a widow, wealthy, capricious and fickle. His best friend is "Nacional" (John Carradine), for whom friendship is above all. His rival is "Manolo de Palma" (Anthony Quinn). Made by Rouben Mamoulian, the film is a "remake" of the film of the same title (1922) by Fred Niblo, starring Rudolph Valentino. It is based on the novel by Vicente Blasco Ibanez. It was shot on location in Mexico and the Fox Studios (CA). Nominated for 2 Oscars, won 1 (color photography). Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck,

The film is based on a pictorial aesthetic, inspired by great painters, designed to capture their chromaticism, compositions and shapes. The chapel is inspired by "El Cristo" by El Greco, the young "Juanillo" in "El joven mendigo" by Murillo, "Carmen" dressed in black in the picture "La Reina María Luisa en mantilla" of Goya, "Garabato" ruined in the black figures of Goya, the halls of the palace of "Dona Sol" in boxes Valázquez Court,

The centre of the original drama is based on the love triangle of "Juan", "Carmen" and "Sol", so the director introduces the scene where "Sol" is the matador like a bull is involved. The work pays tribute to Rodolfo Valentino, Tyrone Power who imitates. Budd Boetticher, 21, was advised by taurine. The display of the naked torso of T. Power is not an antecedent of the most daring of William Holden in "Picnic" (1955). The idea of the film was the producer, who wanted to seize on the growing popular comparison between T. Power and A. Valentino. This film is the third version of the novel by Blasco Ibanez (second American) and, in my opinion, represents the absolute summit of American cinema. It is difficult to enumerate the virtues of this unusual display of talent.

The music of Alfred Newman recreates popular themes like an arrow accompanied by drums, flamenco guitars and Spanish melodies air. Newman makes heavy use of the guitar by Vicente Gomez. The photograph features a whimsical, stylized narrative of careful preparation, and benefits from a splendid dress of "Sol" and "Carmen". The script requires an admirable tragic and perverse tone. The interpretation is remarkable, despite the lack of Spanish force in the characters. Very commendable is the intervention of Fortunio Bonanova, Spanish settled in Hollywood.

"Blood and Sand" has a very planned narrative rhythm, with stringing scenes with wonderful soft, elegant ellipses and links between scenes, excellent photography, detailed composition of each scene, the performances, the soundtrack ... All this to convey a nuanced fashion, plastic, shiny, all erotic perversity, the sense of tragedy and romance of the story.

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