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Blood and Sand (1922)

A toreador's familial and social life is threatened when he has an affair.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosa Rosanova ... Angustias (as Rose Rosanova)
... Juan Gallardo (as Rodolph Valentino)
... Doña Sol
... Antonio
... Carmen
... Encarnacion
Charles Belcher ... Don Joselito
Fred Becker ... Don José
... El Nacional
Jack Winn ... Potaje
... Puntillero
Gilbert Clayton ... Garabato
... Plumitas
... Marquis of Guevera
Sidney De Gray ... Dr. Ruiz
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Juan is the son of a poor widow in Seville. Against his mother's wishes he pursues a career as toreador. He rapidly gains national prominence, and takes his childhood sweetheart Carmen as his bride. He meets the Marquis' daughter Dona Sol, and finds himself in the awkward position of being in love with two women, which threatens the stability of his family and his position in society. He finds interesting parallels in the life of the infamous bandit Plumitas when they eventually meet by chance. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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5 August 1922 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blut und Sand  »

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The film's editor was Dorothy Arzner, who would later go on to become Hollywood's first female director. Arzner impressed the producers by cannily interspersing stock bull-fighting footage with shots of Rudolph Valentino to make it look like the actor was actually in the ring with real bulls. This was quite a progressive technique in its day. See more »

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The mountain bandit who is one of the principal supporting characters is an anachronism; the Guardia Civil did away with their kind during the late 19th century. See more »

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Nice Romance
21 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Juan is the son of a poor widow in Seville. Against his mother's wishes he pursues a career as toreador. He rapidly gains national prominence, and takes his childhood sweetheart Carmen as his bride. He meets the Marquis' daughter Dona Sol, and finds himself in the awkward position of being in love with two women, which threatens the stability of his family and his position in society.

Dorothy Arzner worked as the film's editor. Arnzer used stock footage of bullfights filmed in Madrid interspersed with close-ups of Valentino. Her work on the film helped to solidify her reputation of being a resourceful editor as her techniques also saved Paramount money. She would later say that working on the film was the "first waymark to my claim to a little recognition as an individual." What strikes me about that is how "stock footage" existed by the early 1920s. How was there already footage of various things without copyright? Or perhaps there was copyright, but a fee to use it was small? This just seems strange, and yet it is apparently true.


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