Taking the Face: The Portuguese Bullfight (2008) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • The timid 'toiro' forced into the role of gladiator, the matador that may not kill, the forcados that charge the bull in a head on collision, the village of Barrancos which for centuries has defied the law of the land prohibiting the slaying of the bull in the arena.

    - Written by Juliusz Kossakowski and Matthew Bishop


In the seventeenth century after the death of a young nobleman in a bullfight, the king of Portugal issued a decree requiring that the horns of a bull be sheered and covered before any bullfighting spectacle...

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