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Blood and Sand (1922)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 5 August 1922 (USA)
5:20 | Clip
A toreador's familial and social life is threatened when he has an affair.


Fred Niblo, Dorothy Arzner (uncredited)


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... 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


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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You Haven't Seen Valentino Till You've Seen "Blood and Sand" (Print Ad- Albuquerque Morning Journal, ((Albuquerque NM)) 26 November 1922)


Drama | Romance | Sport


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Did You Know?


Rudolph Valentino wanted George Fitzmaurice to direct this film, but the studio forced him to work with the less highly regarded Fred Niblo instead. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »

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Not the best Valentino movie.
27 May 2001 | by SchlockmeisterSee all my reviews

Most people picture Rudolph Valentino from his earlier roles in "Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse" or "The Sheik". In this movie, Valentino plays a Matador in Spain and the story traces his rise and fall. Yes, he certainly was handsome and you see traces of his definate appeal here. For me, though, the movie was stolen by "the other woman", Dona Sol. She tarts her role up real well and plays it very broad, almost shockingly brazen for it's time. The scene where she tells Valentino that she longs to fell him beat her will make us wince, then she bites his hand while while in a semi-embrace in order to raise his passions. All stuff that seems pretty extreme for the typical innocent silent movie woman roles. The ending will be no surprise, it is telegraphed and alluded to many times during the movie. It's not Rudy at his absolute best, but I can recommend it.

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5 August 1922 (USA) See more »

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Blut und Sand See more »

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1.33 : 1
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