Antonio Román surprises us with this unusual and good film
"El Filigranas" (Rogelio Madrid), and "Aceituno" (Francisco Rabal), go out to fight a bull in a small village of "La Mancha". The hours before bullfight passes slowly for two bullfighters who think their fear and the illusions of victory. Also in "Fina" (Silvia Solar), the prettiest girl of the people, deceived by "Juanito," the doctor's son who is the official promised the Mayor's daughter.
Remarkable production of 1958, which despite being a film that is the subject of bullfighting in the early 50's, it does so without any kind of Manichaeism and from absolute neutrality. Or glorify bullfights, or despise them, just shows what you get. Another striking aspect is how the film is about the bullfighters are reflected in it, making them human, people with fear of what lies ahead. As for the other sections and other technicians, note that it is well shot, the script is good with some splendid performances.
Veteran director Antonio Román surprisingly shows that "Los clarines del miedo" is an atypical work within the sub genre as the bull run itself does not occur until well into the footage and is filmed in a somewhat listless, so not like no other and despite playing with all topics, never falls squarely on them. This history offers an unexpected dramatic depth inviting reflection on the know how to face the issues of the life, dignity toward others and toward oneself and the sense of duty. The film concludes with a magnificent epilogue.
It's a film for lovers of the genre bullfighting, and all moviegoers
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