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Biography of bullfighter "Carlos Arruza" who tragically died in a car wreck in 1966.



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Biography of bullfighter "Carlos Arruza" who tragically died in a car wreck in 1966.

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Director Budd Boetticher began shooting this film in 1959. Production delays, financial troubles and other problems resulted in the film not being released until 1972, six years after Carlos Arruza, the subject of the film, had died. See more »


Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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Regarding the Masterful Matador and Rejeanador Carlos Arruza
6 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie talks of a man, who was masterful in not one but two discipline of bullfighting as matador and rejoneador(The art of bullfighting on horseback). Carlos Arruza was the best Mexican matador, whose only rival and best friend was Manolete, who was tragically killed by a Miura bull named Islero. In this movie , it talks about the journey of a man from a superior matador to a successful bull breeder and top-rated rejoneador. Yes, they could have done more about him, however, the film shows him as his best, and that is in the bullring. He is one of few in this profession, who was able to accomplish this feat and in of all places, Mexico(whose people are one of the strongest critics, other than the Spanish and Portuguese, who know this profession very well and can be unforgiving to poor performing matador). To appreciate the film, one has to look closely the smoothness and great confidence, which Carlos Arruza show as he performs with his deadly bovine partner. The film work was excellent and one will never find a film of this caliber. Arruza's documentary and biography is a true work of art, and gives the viewer, an deep inside look into the art of bullfighting and rejoneador. For aficionados, this is one to have in your collection, because I own a VHS tape of this film, which I found at second hand store. You will not be disappointed in the film and the great man, which this film talks about. This master brought the profession of bullfighting to a new level, and never will anybody see again such a high caliber of a matador, who is "el numero uno": Carlos Arruza.

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