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Blood and Sand (1922)

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

Directors:

Fred Niblo, Dorothy Arzner (uncredited)

Writers:

Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (from the novel by), Tom Cushing (and the play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosa Rosanova Rosa Rosanova ... Angustias (as Rose Rosanova)
Rudolph Valentino ... Juan Gallardo (as Rodolph Valentino)
Nita Naldi ... Doña Sol
Leo White ... Antonio
Lila Lee ... Carmen
Rosita Marstini ... Encarnacion
Charles Belcher Charles Belcher ... Don Joselito
Fred Becker Fred Becker ... Don José
George Field ... El Nacional
Jack Winn Jack Winn ... Potaje
Harry Lamont ... Puntillero
Gilbert Clayton Gilbert Clayton ... Garabato
Walter Long ... Plumitas
George Periolat ... Marquis of Guevera
Sidney De Gray Sidney De Gray ... Dr. Ruiz
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

5 August 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blut und Sand See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Kino Print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to author James Kirkwood Jr., whose mother Lila Lee played Carmen in this film, Rudolph Valentino liked to eat traditional Italian foods, heavily spiced with garlic. Lee had to ask that her love scenes with Valentino be shot in the morning so she wouldn't have to deal with his garlic breath after lunch. See more »

Goofs

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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Featured in Movie Memories #2 (1934) See more »

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The film is almost as conflicted as Valentino's character
1 September 2009 | by hte-trasmeSee all my reviews

"Blood and Sand" tells us many times how cruel and dangerous it believes bullfighting to be, but in terms of what it actually shows us, it seems far more interested in the romantic qualities of Rudolph Valentino and his larger-than-life love triangle.

Valentino gives a legitimately good performance, but even the love story loses some of its immediacy from the fact that "Blood and Sand" takes its subject at some distance, periodically stepping back and focusing on the scholar who foreshadows the matador's end. This also allows some of the characterization to go without being fully realized. When all is said and done it is neither believable as an anti-bullfighting film nor totally involving as a story of a love triangle, but some of the elements, including the performances and some excellent symbolic imagery, are well realized.


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