IMDb > Bugles of Fear (1958) > Reviews & Ratings - IMDb

Reviews & Ratings for
Bugles of Fear More at IMDbPro »Los clarines del miedo (original title)

Write review
Filter: Hide Spoilers:
Index 2 reviews in total 

3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Antonio Román surprises us with this unusual and good film

Author: psagray from Spain
18 August 2011

"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

Was the above review useful to you?

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

An unknown film that must be rediscovered

Author: jrgirones from Arenys de Mar, Catalonia, Spain
10 April 2003

This is not the typical enchanted look to bullfights, which is one of the most distinctive identification signs for the Spanish culture. This film provides a more darker and insightful look to the fiesta and demolishes almost all the stereotypes surrounding it.

Here the main characters (the two "toreros") are presented with their illusions and respect towards bullfights, but also with fear, making them humans and not simply bravura heroes.

In the same way, the people who attend the spectacle (represented by that pintoresque villagers in an incredibly naturalistic way) are not presented just as simple spectators, but as a fierce audience willing to enjoy the fiesta even if there's blood in the "ruedo".

So, bullfighting is not only shown as a form of macho bravery, art or vane entertainment, but also in a more realistic way. This surprises us today bearing in mind the time when the film was shown, in which all Spanish signs of identity had to be glorified in order to please the Dictatorship.

"Los clarines del miedo" should be rediscovered and praised as one of the most significant Spanish films concerning its traditions.

Was the above review useful to you?

Add another review

Related Links

Plot summary Ratings Plot keywords
Main details Your user reviews Your vote history