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The epic tale of David Fandila's quest to become the world's top-ranked bullfighter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Not Bullish On Doc
 (From New York Post. 31 October 2008, 8:48 AM, PDT)

Opening This Week: Brit horror, high school horror and Kevin Smith
 (From IFC. 27 October 2008, 6:52 AM, PDT)

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David Fandila ... Himself

Directed by
Stephen Higgins 
Nina Gilden Seavey 
Produced by
Scott Dunklee .... executive producer
Stephen Higgins .... producer
Kristie Nova .... executive producer
Nina Gilden Seavey .... producer
Original Music by
John Califra 
Cinematography by
Christopher Jenkins 
James Morton-Haworth 
Film Editing by
Ian Rummer 
Production Management
Algor Lieman .... production manager
Sound Department
Raúl Martínez .... sound recordist
Scott Rhame .... sound designer
Scott Rhame .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Wilson .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Music Department
Christo Pavlov .... conductor
Christo Pavlov .... orchestra contractor
Other crew
Steven C. Beer .... legal
George Rush .... legal representative
Jaime Mateus-Tique .... thanks

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74 min
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Ole!, 19 June 2010
Author: John Seal from Oakland CA

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Not to be confused with the Pierce Brosnan thriller of the same name, this is a documentary about Spaniard David Fandila, a man on a rather bloody mission. Following Fandila on his three-year quest to become Spain's top-ranked bullfighter —a quest that can involve up to a hundred 'matches' per season—The Matador offers fascinating insights into this traditional blood sport. It's definitely not a film for the PETA-inclined (in fact, it's a pretty hard slog for anyone disinclined towards animal cruelty), but is a riveting look at dedication and obsession—in one segment, Fandila defeats six bulls in one day, then heads to the hospital to have his gored abdomen repaired!

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