Blood and Sand

Blood and Sand

DVD - 2007
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Juan is the naïve son of a once-famous bullfighter who tries to recapture the glory of his family's name. Though he is branded fifth rate, he soon becomes Spain's greatest matador and returns home to marry his childhood sweetheart. But when a beautiful, passionate aristocrat seduces him, Juan succumbs to her temptations, only to see his own happiness and success crumble.

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Derringer
May 11, 2018

Personally, I totally despise the sport of bullfighting - So, watching Blood & Sand was a real endurance test for me.

In this film's over-long story about a matador-wannabe - There was just way too much dreary soap opera and annoying religiosity for my liking.

And, when it came to Dona Sol and her "headaches" - This was the point where I finally got really fed up with this one for good.

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Me_Tarzan
May 09, 2018

"Ole!"

Personally speaking here - I found 1941's "Blood and Sand" (that's "B.S." for short) to be nothing but a laughable cinematic curiosity piece. It was all pure Catholic kitsch heavily spiced with the flavour of Spain (and the psychotic passion for bullfighting, thrown in for good measure).

IMO - The sport of bullfighting (like cockfighting) has got to be the absolute, most despicable form of "crowd-mentality" entertainment, imaginable, in the entire world.

Within 15 minutes of watching this picture I was already bored to tears with the whole B.S. of "B.S." - But I patiently stuck with it to the bitter end.

It wasn't until this film's final moment that the meaning behind its title was finally revealed to the viewer.... But - WTF!? - "B.S." was a major disappointment on all counts.... "Ole!"

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garycornell
Jul 19, 2015

A picture that truly capturers the entire life of one of Spain's greatest matador's. Tyrone Power comes in after a youth ably plays how he learned to be a great matador. There are so few movies about a matador's life Although a romance movie, "Blood and Sand" shows us a matador from his teens until he become a full matador. A fascinating story!

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