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Blood and Sand(1922)

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  • Blood and Sand

    • Natacha
    • 9/16/10

    As a young man, Valentino's character is a disappointment to his family because he hangs around the bull ring watching bull fights instead of working. His family disapprove of him and are ashamed of him. After learning the ropes and fighting a few bulls, he eventually becomes the most famous matador in Spain. Now his family love and accept him. He marries Lila Lee's character and they have 2 sons, but Lila worries about him and wants him to give up bull fighting. Charming scene where Valentino breaks up a fight between his young sons playing "bull and matador" who get into a fight. At a major bull fight attended by the President of Spain, he locks eyes with Nita Naldi's character, who tosses him a ring allegedly owned by Cleopatra. She vamps him and he eventually gives in to her charms, but is disgusted with his disloyalty to his wife, whom he loves. Valentino is conflicted by loving 2 women--one good love and the other bad love, and decides to dump Naldi and get out of town for awhile to forget about her. Naldi follows him to the distant town and feigns a broken down car as an excuse to stay in the same house with him overnight. The next morning, Lila and her mother show up and see Naldi and figure out what's been going on. At the next bull fight, a distracted Valentino is mortally gored by the bull, and they both die. Naldi is told Valentino is dying but couldn't care less. Sand is poured over the blood stains of the matador and the bull, hence the name "Blood and Sand". This film is considered to be accidentally somewhat biographical of Valentino's life--early on a disappointment to his family, career success with family acceptance, but failed marriages and death related to being famous--the delay in treating Valentino's perforated ulcer was attributed to waiting for a better doctor to operate because of Valentino's fame. Valentino also allegedly owned a ring associated with bad luck and death. Costumes and acting are excellent. Worth seeing.

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