"A Matador's Mistress" is a tragically eloquent dance of the cold brutality of uncommitted love and the high stakes of the Bullfight. Immerse yourself in the culture of Spain surrounding the age old traditions of the Matador. While the bullfight is controversial by today's standards, the ancient art-form is depicted with unflinching realism. The story is of man against beast, the bullfighter's zen, if you will; his nightly dance with death. A world-class lover enters his world; their code is their truth. Life being lived, edgy, relentlessly flirting with disaster, untamed, beautiful.Written by
In Iberia in the era of this film it was common to display your wealth by having at least one prominent gold tooth - this is still usual in the African continent - and is for show, having nothing to do with a dental repair. Lupe Sino is depicted as enjoying the company of men, is frequently called a "whore" by Manolete's entourage (who disapprove of the relationship because they fear for their own status), and has a basket-crown on her upper left incisor - this is not the habit of a "respectable" woman in 1940s Spain. When she has it removed she shows Manolete by tapping her front tooth and saying "Look, respectable" and there is a huge close-up of her front teeth. Also, during the course of the film her wardrobe and hair-style become gradually less gaudy - her way of showing Manolete that she is willing to settle down and become a "respectable" woman he can marry. See more »
While in the car driving in the country the matador and his manager are talking about the three rules and the manager's cigarette switches sides of his mouth from shot to shot throughout the scene without the camera showing that he moved it in the previous shot. See more »
Manolete fascinated me from the very beginning with a fantastic score and once I saw Adrien Brody I knew the movie would be good. This actor somehow never disappoints and here he hadn't either; in fact I can easily shout out to all of the actors who made their characters into living human beings. The story of a bull fighter called Manolete is told in the very eyes of Adrien Brody who, even when he's not speaking, gives more to the viewer than perhaps the director himself had intended to. In his sad eyes there's great sorrow and even greater love for a woman who he cannot give up but also cannot take in as his whole heart and soul is in the thing he does for a living and he doesn't imagine his life without it. There comes a time in everyone's lives when we have to choose what's more important to us - career or family and Manolete has made his choice long before he met Lupe, played stupendiously by Penelope Cruz. I wouldn't call this movie a great one though as it lacks proper pacing, has at times bad editing and continuation failures, some scenes are extremely long whereas others don't give enough and this contrast leads the movie to the end and leaves you with mixed emotions because the story itself, although as old as the world, is told from an unusual angle and is dramatically perfect but the way it was shown was far from it.
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