Good film by director Pedro Lazaga, for lovers of bullfighting
Manuel Benitez "El Cordobés", of humble origin, managed to become one of the most famous representatives of international bullfighting and is considered one of the icons of the 1960s. Unorthodox style always exalted immobility before the matador bull and as always caused excitement and controversy.
He first donned light the August 15, 1959 in Talavera de la Reina (Toledo). The August 27, 1960 in Palma del Rio debuted with horses and livestock of Juan Pedro Domecq y Diez, cutting four ears and a tail.
Fought bull two hundred three runs as an apprentice from 1960-1963 before taking the alternative that last year, May 25, in Cordoba, being his godfather the matador Antonio Bienvenida and shoulders coming in this afternoon to get both ears in celebration. He kept a great rivalry with Miguel Mateo Salcedo "Miguelín".
In 2002 he was proclaimed fifth "Caliph of Bullfighting" by the city of Córdoba, a title shared with legendary "Matadors" as Rafael Molina "Lagartijo", Rafael Guerra "Guerrita" Rafael Gonzalez "Machaquita" and "Manolete".
The film has great interest for fans of bullfighting because it is a summary of the typical well built bullfighter emerges from anonymity, seeking his opportunity, rushing for spontaneous, getting gored.
The deep long sequences, cities, villages and fields, add more authenticity to the story. There are also TV broadcasts of bullfights with "El Cordobés" and even shows pictures of his life among the sequences with the film also is a good documentary.
The love story is very simple, it is sparse, and then there is also evidence of the desire to "El Cordobés" to learn to read, out of ignorance and to show his generosity as the amazing scene in which he gives a bicycle to a labourer who is walking down the road.
And notice also the peculiar form of running that had "El Cordobés", hence the nickname "Renco" mentioning his team-mates...
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