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The Brave Bulls(1951)

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  • brave bulls

    • kevin sellers
    • 4/20/15

    The bullfight scenes are quite realistic and I like how the film delves into the business aspects of bullfighting; the breeding and selection of bulls, the promotors, the hangers on, the announcers, the crowd action. The problem with this film involves the character relationships. The most interesting one is that between skittish matador Luis Bello (an ok Mel Ferrer, trying a bit too hard) and his unsentimental but admiring manager, Fuentes. (A very good Anthony Quinn who, if anything, is refreshingly understated, for a change) Unfortunately, screenwriter John Bright and director Robert Rossen make the bad decision to kill Fuentes off about 60% of the way through and we're left with Bello wandering around in a drunken stupor through cantinas until he magically finds his courage with the help of his not very interesting kid brother. The other key relationship is a really dull "love interest" between Bello and sexpot Linda De Calderon, played rather woodenly by a Hungarian/Mexican actress named Miraslava. (Beware of actresses with single names, such as Capucine or Iman or Madonna or Miraslava. Invariably, they cannot act.) When you put it all together it's a B minus, mostly for the location shooting in Mexico and the bullfight atmospherics. P.S. I notice that the next time Rossen had a tough, shrewd manager (in "The Hustler,") he didn't make the same mistake he made in this film.

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    • Alfred
    • 5/10/13

    I really love this film, and wish it could be bought on dvd. I keep watching for it to be broadcast so I can record it on dvd. I had a pretty good vhs copy that I have mislaid and am still looking for.It's a good story by Tom Lea, with Mel Ferrer and Anthony Quinn, and the gorgeous Miroslava. It shows a lot about small town life in Mexico, and the bullfight business both for the beginners and those matadores in the "big leagues."Avoiding a spoiler, sort of, I find it interesting that one of the characters dies in the film in the same way as the actor died in real life: a automobile accident on the road between Mexico City and Cuernavaca.

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