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Blood and Sand1941

Blood and Sand (1941)




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Based on the novel by Vincente Blasco Ibanez, Blood and Sand is the beautifully rendered story of the rise and fall of a young, cocksure Spanish bullfighter, played by Tyrone Power. Working his way slowly up the ladder to success, Power achieves fame when he is praised to skies by fatuous, fickle critic Laird Cregar. A country boy at heart, Power finds himself way over his head with sophisticates, and is soon torn between his pious and faithful wife Linda Darnell and sexy, mercenary Rita Hayworth. It is Darnell, however, who comforts Power after his final, fatal goring in the bull ring. The film's best scenes depict the curious combination of horror and fascination with which bullfighting aficionados treat this most barbaric of "sports." Blood and Sand was previously filmed in 1922 with Rudolph Valentino; a Valentino contemporary, Alla Nazimova, plays Power's mother in the remakes. Portions of this film turned up as stock footage in the 1945 Laurel and Hardy comedy The Bullfighters.

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Linda Darnell
as Carmen Espinosa
Rita Hayworth
as Dona Sol
Anthony Quinn
as Manolo de Palma
Alla Nazimova
as Senora Augustias
Laird Cregar
as Natalio Curro
Lynn Bari
as Encarnacion
George Reeves
as Capt. Pierre Lauren
Pedro de Cordoba
as Don Jose Alvarez
Fortunio Bonanova
as Pedro Espinosa
Adrian Morris
as La Pulga
Charles Stevens
as Pabelo Gomez
Ann E. Todd
as Carmen As A Child
Ann Todd
as Carmen as a Child
Rex Downing
as Juan As A Child
Cora Sue Collins
as Encarnacion As A Child
Maurice Cass
as El Milquetoast
John Wallace
as Francisco
Cullen Johnson
as Manolo As A Child
Schuyler Standish
as Nacional As A Child
Monty Banks
as Antonio Lopez
Paco Moreno
as Conductor
Harry Burns
as Engineer
Alberto Morin
as Attendant
Paul Ellis
as Ortega
Mariquita Flores
as Specialty Dancer
as El Matador
Cecilia Callejo
as Street Gachi
Esther Estrella
as Street Gachi
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Critic Reviews for Blood and Sand

All Critics (9)

The fact that this film degenerates toward a dull funk in its concluding moments does not rob it of on unmatched pictorial beauty, the most sensitive and imaginative use of Technicolor yet recorded.

October 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The scenarios are magnificent and the characters have all easily adapted to the environment. [Full review in Spanish]

September 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Blood and Sand reconstructs with fidelity the world of bullfighting. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 27, 2019 | Full Review…

This handsomely mounted remake, which deservedly won the Color Cinematography Oscar, boasts production values that overwhelm the story and its characters.

April 9, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Mamoulian's excellent execution of the mise en scène gives the film an unexpected vigor.

July 2, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Bullish action + Linda Darnell marks this Ty Power starrer.

June 12, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Blood and Sand

Realism takes a backseat to romance in this 1941 Technicolor extravaganza. A young Spanish boy rises from the depths of poverty to become "The World's Greatest Bullfighter". Tyrone Power is Juan Gallardo, the matador who discovers that fame is fleeting and not necessarily all that it is cracked up to be. His marriage to the young, virtuous Carmen (Linda Darnell) is threatened when his notoriety attracts the attention of the beautiful but unscrupulous Dona Sol (Rita Hayworth). This classic teaming of Hollywood heavyweights also features an up-and-coming young Anthony Quinn in a memorable supporting role. Every effort was made to try and make the violent sport of bullfighting more palatable for American audiences. Scenes of slaughter and blood are shot from a distance or, more often than not, not at all - opting instead for reaction shots of the crowd to convey the shock and brutality of the circumstance. Blood and Sand may not be an honest rendering of Spanish toreadors but it is enormously entertaining.

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