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3 March 1965 (Italy) See more »
The rise and fall of a famous torero, Miguelin, inside and outside of the bullfighters ring. | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Neo-realist picture in documentary style about bullfighting in Spain of the sixties See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)
Miguel Mateo 'Miguelín' ... Miguel Romero 'Miguelín'
José Gómez Sevillano ... Impresario
Pedro Basauri 'Pedrucho' ... Himself

Linda Christian ... Linda, American woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Curro Carmona
Luque Gago
Salvador Mateo
Gregorio Sánchez

Directed by
Francesco Rosi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pedro Beltrán  screenplay
Pedro Beltrán  story
Ricardo Muñoz Suay  screenplay
Ricardo Muñoz Suay  story
Pere Portabella  screenplay (as Pedro Portabella)
Pere Portabella  story (as Pedro Portabella)
Francesco Rosi  screenplay
Francesco Rosi  story

Produced by
Tonino Cervi .... producer
Antonio Levesi Cervi .... producer
Francesco Rosi .... producer
Original Music by
Piero Piccioni 
Cinematography by
Pasqualino De Santis 
Gianni Di Venanzo 
Aiace Parolin 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
Set Decoration by
José Antonio de la Guerra 
Production Management
Enzo Provenzale .... production manager
Sound Department
Claudio Maielli .... sound
Mario Ronchetti .... sound

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Also Known As:
"Il momento della verità" - Italy (original title)
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Spain:110 min | USA:103 min
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Neo-realist picture in documentary style about bullfighting in Spain of the sixties, 28 April 2015
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

This splendid picture concerns the rise and fall of a known Torero , Miguelin (Miguel Romero 'Miguelín') , inside and outside of the bullfighters ring . At the beginning he flees from his impoverished countryside origin , Jaen , for the broader horizons of the big city . This is a good film about a young who emigrates to big town , Barcelona , like many others ; however , he finds exploitation and hardworking ,and finally he gets his dream : to be a successful bullfighter . At the same time it deals with Spanish-style bullfighting , it is called Corrida De Toros (literally "running of bulls") or la fiesta ("the festival").

Neo-realist yarn talks about a young peasant goes to big city to achieve great success as matador . Along the way he finds distresses , penury and hard as well as part-time jobs . The flick deals with the relationship between man and society , between man and glory hunger . It describes the hardship existences of lower classes on countryside as well as big cities where a lot of people working for nothing in short wages and precarious works . Director Francesco Rosi attempts to reflect Spanish life of the past sixties , including social habits , as there appears ¨Holy Week¨ Procesiones , religious parades , San Fermin parties , Flamenco dancing , among others . Evocative and sensitive original musical score by Piero Piccioni and atmospheric songs of Saetas , Andaluz Cante , Flamenco and religious music . Colorful cinematography by Pasqualino De Santis , though a perfect remastering being necessary .

The film gives a real description about ¨Bullfighting¨ art , as the bull is released into the ring, where he is tested for ferocity by the matador and Banderilleros with the magenta and gold Capote ("Cape"). This is the first stage, the Tercio de Varas ("the lancing third"). The matador confronts the bull with the Capote, performing a series of passes and observing the behavior and quirks of the bull . Next, a picador enters the arena on horseback armed with a Vara (lance). In the next stage, the Tercio De Banderillas ("the third of Banderillas"), each of the three Banderilleros attempts to plant two Banderillas, sharp barbed sticks, into the bull's shoulders . In the final stage, the "the third of death" , the matador re-enters the ring alone with a small red cape, or Muleta, and a sword .

The motion picture was well directed by Francesco Rosi . Francesco Rosi was born (1922) in Naples , Campania, , location where he often shoots his films . Rosi is a very good Italian filmmaker whose themes are always more or less the same : the relationship between man and society , between man and power . Most of his films deal with controversial issues and have political messages . It includes terrorism issues , political murders , Mafia and policy . He tried to reflect a little of Italian life of the past fifty years , using Italy as the context ,all the problems that come from the oppression of people by power , whether it's economic power , military power , political power, or the power of the Mafia . Rossi was a writer and director, known for ¨Salvatore Giuliano¨ (1959) , "Hands Over the City" (1963), ¨Case Mattei¨ (1972) , ¨Lucky Luciano¨ (1973) , "Illustrious Corpses" (1976) , Carmen by Bizet (1984) , "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" (1987) and ¨Truce¨ (1997) .

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