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Great cast overall and a great movie but I felt it really became Rita Hayworth's show the moment she appeared. Another example of how she could totally light things up. In Blood and Sand she generates so much heat you can turn your thermostat down to save energy.
blood and sand
- kevin sellers
Ham handed if elegantly mounted parable of the dangers of worldly success and corruption, this film would have been a helluva lot better if someone (preferably director Rouben Mamoulian and screenwriter Jo Swerling) had sprayed some Eau De Subtlety around the set. I mean, aren't you a trifle bored with the old madonna/whore dichotomy? Does Ty Power's moral downfall have to be intimately bound up with Rita Hayworth's cruel sexuality? And his salvation tied to pure, dull Linda Darnell? Isn't there a middle ground where dwells...dare I say it?...the Great Goddess Ambiguity (i.e. Margot Channing), composed of both virtues and flaws? Certainly not helping on this score are the obvious performances of the two female leads, with Darnell, chastely clad in black lace mantilla practically a 40s poster for The Gal I Left Behind Me and Hayworth playing her role of the Temptress as if she's in a Vegas carnival tent. But enough carping on the glaring fault of this film. Some virtues would include lovely, painterly cinematography (i.e. the scenes in church are like something out of Caravaggio or Zurbaran) by Ernest Palmer and Ray Rennahan as well as a good performance by Power that captures the fear as well as the arrogance of the successful matador. Give it a generous B minus 'cause I'm a big Mamoulian fan. P.S. In this 1941 film Superman is rendered impotent by losing Rita to bullfighter Power. Seventeen years later, in "Sun Also Rises," impotent Ty P. loses Ava G. to bullfighter Bob Evans. There's a certain crazy symmetry here, dontcha think?
Palid Movie in Gorgeous Color
- Roger Propes
Tyrone Power was certainly the handsomest face in Hollywood in 1941, but his almost too perfect features were bland and his acting mediocre. Among the other sexier actors who should have had the role were James Craig, Cornel Wilde, John Payne, young John Garfield, and especially 21 year old Ricardo Montalban. Rita Hayworth made a big splash as the Latin temptress, but Linda Darnell was much prettier, and Maureen O'Hara was also a young redhead suited for the part. She did get to play opposite Power in 'The Black Swan', a cardboard swashbuckler also in color.
Tyrone Power shines in this story of love, ambition and loss. His physical beauty is almost heartbreakingly unbelievable. Meanwhile, the actor's sensitivity and emotional range is masterful, especially in the scenes before the bullfight when he is dressing before his critics and hangers on. Power goes from showing the character's bravado in front of this company to how deeply he privately experiences the terror of facing 'death in the afternoon.' The contrast between all this beauty and terror is very poignant indeed. Contrast also carries over to the love triangle that forms in the private life of the chacter as well. Juan's ladies are both beautiful but they are at opposite ends of morality depicting angelic love and fidelity on the one hand and base lust and promiscuity on the other. It's a very rich movie experience and wonderful to look at.
Blood and Sand
- Fred C. Wilson III
This movie had so many lessons to teach that listing them would be too long to describe. A superb movie in all respects! It teaches the value of humility, loyalty to ones friends, familial devotion, how arrogance can lead to destruction he value of education, repentance and the power of prayer. The humorous part of the movie was when the protagnist's mother, wife, and the Blessed Virgin 'teamed up.' From that moment until the end I knew this guy's goose was cooked' though in a positive way. LOL! I recommend this movie 100%!
The cinematography is exquisite in this film. The costuming is incredible and should have won an Academy Award. The gorgeous Rita Hayworth is stunningly beautiful, as always, and her character is sheer carnality. Tyrone Power is the perfect matador. He is completely uneducated unless it is about bulls. Once successful, he is swept away by the beauty and riches of another class strata and yet he knows in his heart that his childhood sweetheart and now wife, played by Linda Darnell, is the love of his life. This film is about blind ambition, friendships gone awry and friendships kept, sexual discovery and secrets. Special mention should be made of a very young Anthony Quinn who plays Power's best friend. In reality, they could have switched roles and this film would have been just as effective, as Quinn has the look and the feel of a matador and he is sexy. Love this film and always have!
Cowardly cruelty in technicolor
Toreros son unos cobardes sin espinas. Telling It Like It Is.
Este filme um dos melhores que Tryone Power fez. Tudo no filme exuberante. O original foi feito nos anos 20 por Rodolfo Valentino e este remake perfeito e no deixa de forma alguma quem v desapontado. Tryone Power no auge de sua popularidade e beleza,Rita Hayworth linda e a bela Linda Darnell estrelam esta super produo em Technicolor. Maravilhoso.
A movie not shown enough!
- Laura J
This movie has to be one of my all time favorites let alone my favorite for Tyrone and Rita! Everything is just wonderful. Linda Darnell is beautiful, and the stroy is just as good. Although not shown very often and I dont know why. This movie is a classic and is not as recognized as it should be!
A Classic, Gorgeous Movie.
You can not help getting caught up in this movie because everything about this movie is intense. The beautiful technicolor, the emotions, the people and the music. Tyrone & Hayworth were just outstanding & looked good together.
this movie is wonderful. great acting, great color, great music and bullfighting. im sure this will be out on dvd soon,