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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

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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A sensitive and subtle performance by Valentino.
8 September 2004 | by mmason-6See all my reviews

I've watched "Blood and Sand" several times; I own the DVD. With every viewing I notice some new subtle nuance in the under played gestures of Valentino. In the big seduction scene between Valentino and the voluptuous Nita Naldi, she sits at a harp, delicately playing, with her back to Valentino. He walks up behind her chair, clearly aroused, and he begins to seductively stroke the chair! This is so under played and yet so visually compelling and sensuous.It is so unlike the melodramatic rather hystrionic aesthetic so often found in films from this period. Valentino's restraint throughout the film's more emotional moments is compelling; his subtlety pulls the viewer intimately inward.True, the bull fighting scenes leave a bit to be desired. They are the result of some rather choppy editing and sadly come off looking peculiar,even humorous at times. Somehow Valentino pulls it off, his graceful movements, his quiet emotions, his compelling sensuality more than make up for the lack of authenticity in the bullring.


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