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Blood and Sand (1922)




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Juan Gallardo (Rudolph Valentino) is a shoemaker who becomes a national hero by way of his prowess as a matador in this drama. His success wins the heart of Carla (Lila Lee), who marries the charismatic bullfighter. Juan soon falls for Doña Sol (Nita Naldi), a wanton widow with a penchant for passion. Carla learns of the affair but vows to stand by her man. Juan is mortally gored by a bull when he sees Doña Sol in the crowd with another man. He is taken to the chapel at the stadium where he suffers in agony from his fatal distraction. Perennial villain Walter Long turns in another fine performance as the heavy Plumitas. Valentino failed to attend the premiere of the film when he believed the studio cut corners on the production cost. Judicious editing by Dorothy Arzner saved the studio a fortune by filming in the studio instead of in Madrid as originally planned. Arzner went on to become the most prominent female director of the 1930's.

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Rudolph Valentino
as Juan Gallardo
Lila Lee
as Carmen
Nita Naldi
as Dona Sol
Walter Long
as Plumitas
George Field
as El Nacional
Rosa Rosanova
as Senora Augustias
Leo White
as Antonio
Charles Belcher
as Don Joselito
Jack Winn
as Potaje
Mane Marstini
as El Camacione
Harry Lamont
as El Pontelliro
George Periolat
as Marquise de Guevera
Fred Becker
as Don Jose
Dorcas Matthews
as Senora Nacional
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Critic Reviews for Blood and Sand

All Critics (9)

Somewhere beneath the sea of words in the novel lurked depths of considerable profundity. Mr. Niblo and June Mathis, who adapted the story, have plumbed some of these depths and have brought up the ideas that they contained.

October 7, 2021 | Full Review…

The melodrama helps Valentino to nail down his Latin lover image while showing his acting chops, which some questioned.

July 3, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Above average Valentino vehicle eclipsed by the 1941 remake.

January 26, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

This is definitely [Valentino's] best acting job.

February 28, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blood and Sand

This movie was boring, but at least I learned that people were concerned about animal cruelty in the twenties. If you like bull-fighting and sappy romance, though, you will enjoy this.

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