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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love and lust in the Bull Ring!, 22 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Blood And Sand [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Rouben Mamoulian's Technicolor tale of the life and loves of a matador. This is the third movie based on Vicente Blasco Ibanez's exciting novel Sangre y Arena.
Juan Gallardo (Tyrone Power) rises from nothing to become Spain's number one matador. He has it all- wealth, happiness, skill and an adoring wife (Linda Darnell).
However, a beautiful Dona Sol (Rita Hayworth) enters his life and soon he falls in love, while his world comes crashing down as he realises he has given up all he had for a cold-hearted, fickle-minded temptress.
This is an enthralling movie with excellent support cast- Anthony Quinn as Manolo de Palma, Juan's lifelong rival, Laird Cregar as Curro, the obnoxious reporter and John Carradine as National, Juan's faithfull companion. This is a great story, but also as an insightful commentary on the spitefullness and fickleness of human beings.
Enjoy Hayworth's sultry dance with Quinn!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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, 29 May 2007
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C. O. DeRiemer (San Antonio, Texas, USA) - See all my reviews
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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.

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.

The DVD transfer is first rate. Extras include a commentary and a restoration comparison.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The rags-to-riches tale of a matador, 23 Sept. 2005
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This review is from: Blood And Sand [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The rags-to-riches tale of a matador, September 23, 2005
"Blood and Sand," stars Tyrone Power as Juan Gallardo, the son of a matador who died in the arena. Juan vows to be even better than his father, and gradually does become the most honored bullfighter in Sevilla. Along the way he marries his childhood sweetheart, Carmen (Linda Darnell), and falls under the spell of a wealthy and heartless socialite (Rita Hayworth).
When this was made in 1941, movies focused on vibrant Technicolor, dramatic stories, stirring music, and beautiful stars, sometimes to the exclusion of subtlety or accuracy in the script. Such is the case with "Blood and Sand." It is glamour all the way, with sumptuous costumes and lead actors that are startlingly handsome. Power is charming as the swaggering matador, Darnell is the picture of devotion, and Hayworth is drop-dead gorgeous as the playgirl who uses men. None of them look, speak, or seem particularly Spanish, however, nor do the supporting actors such as John Carridine and George Reeves (TV's Superman). The dialogue tends to be cliché and melodramatic and the few Spanish words are mispronounced, but the point of the movie is to enjoy the visual spectacle, and that is very easy to do. The bullfighting scenes are stock footage, filmed at a distance, so there is no gore. Overall, this is a very pleasant film about pride, love, and ambition.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Classic!, 30 Jan. 2004
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Very colourful, very dramatic, filled with raw emotion, expecially in regards to the final scenes within the movie. Tyrone Power played the part to perfection, Linda Darnell was also very good but Rita Hayworth, I believe, was at her very bad best! Would recommend this movie to any film fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for my elderly mum, 13 Mar. 2014
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Mum mum (who is 86) loved this film and watches it again and again-she loves Tyronne Power!!!! Well worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars blood and sand dvd, 20 Jan. 2014
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good powerful story bullfighting scenes were realistic colour excellent ,film was just as good as I remembered it from years ago
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality restoration of an old classic. Purchased for a ..., 1 Feb. 2015
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Quality restoration of an old classic. Purchased for a dear friend who in his mad days attempted a few passes in the ring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Feb. 2015
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Good quality DVD reasonably priced
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 25 Feb. 2015
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Thanks everything was great
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