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Blood and Sand
     

Blood and Sand

Director: Rouben Mamoulian,

Cast: Rouben Mamoulian, Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth

 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
Falling into the "they don't make them like this anymore" category, Blood and Sand is a very good melodrama with the romantic backdrop of Spanish bullfighting. Power desires to be the greatest matador of all time and in his quest for that title he is trapped between two powerful females, his wife Carmen and socialite Dona Sol. Linda Darnell plays Carmen with a very low-key manner, capturing the essence of a simple woman matched with a complicated man. Unfortunately for her, she's blown off the screen by Rita Hayworth as Dona Sol. Anyone who wonders where the Hayworth legend comes from should see this film. Even though her character is not one to root for, you can't take your eyes off her except in the token song performance in which her voice is dubbed anyway. Also of note is the performance of John Carradine as Power's sidekick. His is the voice of reality as Power's fame and ego begin to skyrocket and, as in most melodramas, he is the one who will end up showing Power the folly of his ways through tragic means. Legendary director Rouben Mamoulianshows a good touch with the bullfighting sequences and some of the love scenes, but the opening sequences that provide the backstory seem stiff. Then again, many of the characters seem secondary to the opulent surroundings and large crowd scenes. Filmed in the then relatively new Technicolor process, the film manages to avoid the washed out saturation that many other color films from the era suffer from today.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2007
UPC:
0024543400943
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
1,200

Special Features

Commentart by director of photography 2003-2006 President of the American Society of Cinematographes, Richard Crudo; Restoration comparison; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tyrone Power Juan Gallardo
Linda Darnell Carmen Espinosa
Rita Hayworth Dona Sol des Muire
Alla Nazimova Senora Augustias
Anthony Quinn Manolo de Palma
J. Carrol Naish Garabato
John Carradine Nacional
Lynn Bari Encarnacion
Laird Cregar Natalio Curro
Vincente Gómez Guitarist
William Montague Antonio
George Reeves Capt. Pierre Lauren
Pedro de Cordoba Don Jose Alvarez
Fortunio Bonanova Pedro Espinosa
Michael Morris La Pulga
Charles Stevens Pabelo Gomez
Ann E. Todd Carmen As A Child
Cora Sue Collins Encarnacion As A Child
Paco Moreno Conductor
Victor Kilian Priest
Harry Burns Engineer
Cecilia Callejo Street Gachi
Lynne Carver Actor
Maurice Cass El Milquetoast
Jacqueline Dalya Gachi
Rex Downing Juan As A Child
Paul Ellis Ortega
Esther Estrella Street Gachis
Russell Hicks Marquis
Cullen Johnson Manolo As A Child
Kay Linaker Woman
Fred Malatesta Waiter
Francis McDonald Friend
Alberto Morin Attendant
Gracilla Pirraga Vocalist
Schuyler Standish Nacional As A Child
John Wallace Francisco
Monty Banks Antonio Lopez

Technical Credits
Rouben Mamoulian Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Bischoff Editor
Budd Boetticher Choreography
Richard Day Art Director
Vincente Gómez Score Composer
Vicente Blasco Ibanez Screenwriter
Robert Kane Producer
Thomas K. Little Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Ernest Palmer Cinematographer
Hermes Pan Choreography
Ray Rennahan Cinematographer
Jo Swerling Screenwriter
Joseph C. Wright Art Director
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blood and Sand
1. Main Titles [1:23]
2. The Greatest Torero [4:44]
3. His Father's Son [8:42]
4. Leaving Home [:25]
5. Ten Years After [6:47]
6. A Night to Celebrate [5:19]
7. Serenade [3:06]
8. Bride-to-Be [3:02]
9. First Man of the World [3:28]
10. A New Star [1:21]
11. Lap of Luxury [3:25]
12. A Concert of Their Own [11:31]
13. A Different Prayer [:42]
14. That Woman [10:00]
15. Downhill [7:16]
16. A Thousand Dreams [6:48]
17. Samson and Delilah [5:34]
18. Only One Way to Go [:19]
19. Last Afternoon [5:57]
20. Courage/End Titles [5:51]

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