A Matador's Mistress 2011 NR CC

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Penelope Cruz and Adrien Brody stars in this epic drama from the 1940s. Manuel Rodrguez Snchez (Brody), known to the world as Manolete, owned the Spanish bullring. This searing biopic follows his notorious affair with movie siren Lupe Sino (Cruz), at the height of his fame, to his death in the ring at age 30.

Starring:
Adrien Brody, Penélope Cruz
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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A very OK movie, nothing to special.
Tony Heck
The climactic fight in Linares with the equally doomed bull "Islero", is chopped up too, cutting to shots of Cruz driving frantically to the ring.
A. Bigda
I like penelope cruz and adrien brody and i think they both performed well in these characters and with each other.
t lex

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Probably of all the matadors of history Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez (4 July 1917 - 28 August 1947) known as "Manolete" is the most famous. 'He rose to prominence shortly after the Spanish Civil War and is considered by some to be the greatest bullfighter of all time. His style was sober and serious, with few concessions to the gallery, and he excelled at the 'suerte de matar'--the kill. Manolete's contribution to bullfighting included being able to stand very still while passing the bull close to his body and, rather than giving the passes separately, he was able to remain in one spot and link four or five consecutive passes together into compact series. He popularized a pass with the muleta called the "Manoletina," which is normally given just before entering to kill with the sword. In addition to all of the major bullrings of Spain, he had very important triumphs in Plaza Mexico. He died following a goring in the right upper leg as he killed the fifth bull of the day, the Miura bull Islero, an event that left Spain in a state of shock. Manolete received his fatal goring in the town of Linares where he appeared alongside the up-and-coming matador Luis Miguel Dominguín, who, after Manolete's death, proclaimed himself to be number one. In response to Manolete's death, General Francisco Franco, then dictator of Spain, ordered three days of "national mourning", during which only funeral dirges were heard on the radio.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Liz La Maja on October 4, 2011
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This movie is not a good movie...unless you are a fan of bullfighting. The story of Manolete as depicted in this movies is sloppy. It does not show Manolete's rise to stardom and becoming Spain's hero. It quickly and directly goes from meeting Lupe, meeting his manager and then poof, he's a star.

What is good about this movie is some of the old footage of the real Manolete in the ring. The fashions and the world of bullfighting as it was 60 years ago are a delight to watch. Penelope Cruz is always wonderful but the relationship portrayed with el diestro Manolete is mostly fiction. Adrien Brody's resemblance to Manolete is nothing short of uncanny.
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Probably of all the matadors of history Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez (4 July 1917 - 28 August 1947) known as "Manolete" is the most famous. 'He rose to prominence shortly after the Spanish Civil War and is considered by some to be the greatest bullfighter of all time. His style was sober and serious, with few concessions to the gallery, and he excelled at the 'suerte de matar'--the kill. Manolete's contribution to bullfighting included being able to stand very still while passing the bull close to his body and, rather than giving the passes separately, he was able to remain in one spot and link four or five consecutive passes together into compact series. He popularized a pass with the muleta called the "Manoletina," which is normally given just before entering to kill with the sword. In addition to all of the major bullrings of Spain, he had very important triumphs in Plaza Mexico. He died following a goring in the right upper leg as he killed the fifth bull of the day, the Miura bull Islero, an event that left Spain in a state of shock. Manolete received his fatal goring in the town of Linares where he appeared alongside the up-and-coming matador Luis Miguel Dominguín, who, after Manolete's death, proclaimed himself to be number one. In response to Manolete's death, General Francisco Franco, then dictator of Spain, ordered three days of "national mourning", during which only funeral dirges were heard on the radio.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tree Fan on April 17, 2012
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This film is cool, and interesting and well done - not "el stinko" as someone else wrote. Penelope Cruz is amazing as always, and Adrian Brody looks so much like the real Manoleto, it's uncanny ... It's their love story, set against the struggles of being a bullfighter ... She wanted him to give it up, but he resisted, and of course, lost his life. I actually had a hard time watching the culminating scene ending in Manoleto's fatal injury ... though I knew how it would turn out. It was cool to see a film based on such an interesting and beloved man/bullfighter. He's certainly captured the hearts of so many, and this film gave us a peek into his love and world.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helena on November 8, 2011
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Adrien Brody nd Penelope Cruz are paired in a visually pleasing movie about the real life love story between a famous spanish matador and his lover. It is a story of a beauty and the beast, two people who come from poverty and fight for their survival in this world any way they can. In the process, they meet each other and madly fall in love. Although a fearless matador, Manolete is deep down insecure and indecisive. His feelings of duty towards supporting his mother and his unmarried sisters is definitely an obstacle to his relationship with beautiful Lupe who has a shady past but deep down loves him dearly.

Their physhological make up makes them a great couple. Their love for each other is passionate and unrelenting. Nothing can get in a way except fortheir own selves. I absolutely adored the story about their courtship. Everyone and everything that can get in a way of their relationship does. But this is an obsessive love, all consuming for both of them. In the end, all that can separate them is death.

Lovely costumes and absolutely fabulous spanish music.
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