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4.0 out of 5 stars Sangre y Arena
Whilst keeping (more or less) to the book, the film is a good Hollywood adaptation, but I had to switch to the Spanish version of it to avoid the atrocious pronunciation in American slang!
Published 19 months ago by H. Cortes

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not very exciting!
Memory can distort images! This film was first seen many- many years ago and was always thought to be a good bullfighting story. This then may be a remake or an edited watered down version to suit todays aversion to bull fighting. It is mainly a story of obsession - Tyrone Powers with the bull fight and his subsequent obsession with Rita Hayworth, which ultimately is his...
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by M. Maude


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4.0 out of 5 stars Sangre y Arena, 24 Dec 2012
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H. Cortes (Wiltshire UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blood and Sand ~ Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, and Alla Nazimova Region 2 Import (DVD)
Whilst keeping (more or less) to the book, the film is a good Hollywood adaptation, but I had to switch to the Spanish version of it to avoid the atrocious pronunciation in American slang!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood and Sand DVD with Tyrone Power, 26 Jan 2011
This review is from: Blood and Sand ~ Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, and Alla Nazimova Region 2 Import (DVD)
The DVD arrived very quickly after my order. It was in perfect condition wrapped in the clear packaging. I have watched the whole film and it played perfectly. Would have no hesitation recommending this seller. Leslie
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two beautiful people, Tyrone Power and Rita Hayworth, tell us all about ambition, temptation and redemption. It involves bulls., 5 Nov 2012
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C. O. DeRiemer (San Antonio, Texas, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blood and Sand ~ Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, and Alla Nazimova Region 2 Import (DVD)
Blood and Sand is an allegory of a man's pride, lust and ambition, who is redeemed by the love of a good woman and a death ennobled by regret. In other words, the movie is a Hollywood weeper. At just over two hours, it's way too long. Still, it shows what can be accomplished when professionals take hold of a teary melodrama and give it color, sleekness, sex and, at 27, an extraordinarily handsome leading man in Tyrone Power. Rita Hayworth, as the femme fatale, is almost as pretty. For those wary of spoilers, tread carefully.

Young Juan Gallardo, poor and illiterate, dreams of becoming a famed matador. As a young man (Tyrone Power), he achieves his goal, along with the friendship of men he knew when they were children and the love of his childhood sweetheart, Carmen (Linda Darnell). But fame and money can bring superficial values, and Juan's head is turned with a vengeance. He becomes a great matador, but spends money freely, ignores his old friends in favor of hangers-on and, even worse, he forgets the love of Carmen, now his wife, for the lush and erotic charms of Dona Sol (Rita Hayworth). Although Carmen is lovely, she spends much time looking either compassionate or sad. Dona Sol, or at least Rita Hayworth, is another matter entirely. Hayworth, in a white, form-fitting gown, is something to see as one evening she strolls with perfect posture and a perfect chest toward the poor sap Juan. He doesn't have a chance. In time, his skills become dull and Dona Anna finds him dull and moves on. At last he rediscovers his values and his roots. Wouldn't you know it, just when he restates his love for Carmen, he meets this one particular bull in his last fight. It has two very sharp horns. Music up, lights down, hankies out.

The movie seems to go on and on. We spend almost half an hour on Juan's boyhood before Tyrone Power shows up as a young man. It's nearly an hour before we encounter Rita Hayworth. For Hayworth, the wait is worth it. Her character is selfish, rich, beautiful and all the things a teenaged boy's erotic dreams are made of. This was Hayworth's first color movie and she knocks 'em dead. Says Natalio Curro (Laird Cregar), the effete and envious newspaper bullfight critic, "If this," gesturing at the bullfight arena, "is death in the afternoon, she," gesturing to Dona Sol, "is death in the evening." Towards the end of the movie Hayworth does a dance in a cantina with Anthony Quinn (as an upcoming bullfighter Dona Ana is about to leave Juan for) which is charged with sex.

What redeems the movie, in my opinion, is the professional gloss Darryl F. Zanuck and his team gave the film. At this point Tyrone Power was emerging as a box office power house for 20th Century Fox. Zanuck saw to it that Power was surrounded by the studio's best. The entire look of the film, from the poor village where Juan came from, to Dona Ana's luxurious estate, from street scenes to the arena itself is framed beautifully. Everything has that detailed, lavish, almost awe-inspiring perfection that only highly skilled professionals and a lot of studio money can provide. Color is used to create particular palettes for key scenes, often considerably more subtle than the garishness of many early Technicolor films. The actors all do fine jobs. Power, as usual, is earnest, but with his looks it works. Linda Darnell, obviously being groomed by how carefully she is lit and photographed, hasn't much to do but does it well. It's always good to see Laird Cregar being loathsome, and J. Carrol Naish and John Carradine as two old friends are authentic and don't overact. Anthony Quinn in an important role without much screen time makes an impression. And Rita Hayworth almost stops the movie every time she shows up.

Considering that bull fighting is a bloody business, where some people believe killing is an art and courage is not cheapened by spectacle, the movie goes to great lengths not to show us the reality of the picadors slicing into the bull's neck muscles, the animal's blood seeping down its sides, the occasional disemboweling of a picador's horse by the bull, the gorings of the matadors or the sword thrust into the neck of the bull which all too often doesn't kill cleanly and leaves the bull thrashing and trying to stand. The movie does give us a picture of the drama, the man versus animal contest, the roaring blood lust of the crowd and the inner workings of the arena. The average Roman citizen from 150 A.D. might have found it too tame, but he would have appreciated the intentions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The rise and fall of Juan Gallardo., 3 Nov 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blood and Sand ~ Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, and Alla Nazimova Region 2 Import (DVD)
Uneducated peasant Juan Gallardo rises to fame and fortune in the bullfight arena. From here he falls for the socially active Dona Sol; thus breaking the heart of his childhood sweetheart Carmen. Nevertheless she stands by her man as he continues to face danger in the bullring, but ego and love will give Juan his biggest fight of all.

This remake of the 1922 silent Rudolph Valentino picture is certainly a lavish production, the colour cinematography by Ernest Palmer & Ray Rennahan rightly won the Academy Award, and it's directed with adroit skill by Roublen Mamoulian. The story is a great one as well, following the rise of Gallardo (a solid if too staid Tyrone Power) is always intriguing, and it's watching his constant battle with his emotions that is the film's drawing card. However, there can be a case made for the film resting too much on its dialogue driven laurels, for far too many times I personally found myself hankering for an up turn in pace to help emphasise the emotional nature of the characters.

The cast do OK without really excelling, Rita Hayworth looks gorgeous and a fine career blossomed from here on in, while Linda Darnell as the other love interest glides nicely from scene to scene. Anthony Quinn takes the best supporting honours, where his Manolo is vigorous with a cheeky glint in the eye, whilst sadly John Carradine is underused and his Nacional is not fully fleshed out until its far too late.

It's at times sexy (damn flamenco always a winner to me), it's got guts, and it looks absolutely gorgeous, but it's not quite the whole classy package it could have been. 7/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars spectacle, 29 April 2011
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politically incorrect as i am i have always been fascinated by bullfighting, probably started with the documentary "the day manolete was killed" critics of the spectacle must accept that the matador does not always win
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not very exciting!, 30 Jan 2012
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M. Maude "bookworm" (Kent UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blood and Sand ~ Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, and Alla Nazimova Region 2 Import (DVD)
Memory can distort images! This film was first seen many- many years ago and was always thought to be a good bullfighting story. This then may be a remake or an edited watered down version to suit todays aversion to bull fighting. It is mainly a story of obsession - Tyrone Powers with the bull fight and his subsequent obsession with Rita Hayworth, which ultimately is his downfall.
It is more a one sided love story rather than an exciting bullfighting "thriller" and was a disppointmnet all round. Perhaps my taste is for thrills rather than romance.
Would only recommend this DVD for those who want a nostalgic trip down memory lane seeing the megastars of "old times"!Blood and Sand ~ Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, and Alla Nazimova Region 2 Import
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