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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death In The Afternoon
"Blood and Sand" based on the novel by Ibanez and presented by 20th Century-Fox is a masterpiece of old style Hollywood filmmaking. Director Rouben Mamoulian pulls out all the stops to present this Technicolor flushed romantic story of Juan Gallardo who is portrayed by the impossibly beautiful Tyrone Power. Juan grows from a poor boy dreaming of glory in the bullrings of...
Published on December 23, 2003 by Michael C. Smith

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3.0 out of 5 stars +1/2 Old-fashioned Hollywood drama
An early Technicolor melodrama, featuring Tyrone Power as Juan Gallardo, a boyish, beaming matator who starts life as a brash country bumpkin and rises to the top of his profession, then loses it all when he falls for the wrong woman. Linda Darnell co-stars as his faithful, good-girl wife, and Rita Hayworth is the wicked Other Woman. With clenched jaw and rigid posture,...
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death In The Afternoon, December 23, 2003
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Michael C. Smith "MGMboy@aol.com" (San Francisco, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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"Blood and Sand" based on the novel by Ibanez and presented by 20th Century-Fox is a masterpiece of old style Hollywood filmmaking. Director Rouben Mamoulian pulls out all the stops to present this Technicolor flushed romantic story of Juan Gallardo who is portrayed by the impossibly beautiful Tyrone Power. Juan grows from a poor boy dreaming of glory in the bullrings of Spain to the epitome of arrogance and ignorant of the cost to his soul of his fame.
The three principals of the story are, Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell as his childhood sweetheart Carmen, and Rita Hayworth as the seductive and hollow Dona Sol.
Tyrone Power presents us with a marvelous, energetic portrait of a young, brash and over confident Juan. His first close-up bursts the edges of the screen and burns in the colors of Goya. Tyrone Power was made for the movies and cinematographers Ernest Palmer and Ray Rennahan film him with as much care as they do the two female leads. Thus this overpoweringly beautiful close-up sucks the viewer into the world of Juan and one is swept away by his charm and bravado. Mr. Powers's performance is almost overshadowed at first by his physical presence but as the story progresses his talent as a film actor takes over and sustains the viewer to the end.
Linda Darnell, a great beauty of the movies and by her own admission, not much of an actress, turns in a very good performance as Juan's discarded wife Carmen. I do not agree with Miss Darnell's opinion of her talents. One only has to look at "Letter to Three Wives" to see what an accomplished screen actress she was. And here too she takes the thankless role of Carmen and makes one care about the poor girl.
Then we have Rita Hayworth who here in "Blood and Sand" sets the standard for the great-lost beauties of the silver screen. Her Dona Sol is everything we hope for in the empty shell of a femme fatale.
It is said of her, at one point in the film by a newspaper critic of bullfighting, as he points to the ring: "Gentleman, if this is death in the afternoon, then she is death in the evening." And Miss Hayworth lives up to every inch of his description in this her breakout performance.
In the garden scene where she performs the "Toro!" seduction and sings to her victim Juan, she is utterly captivating and irresistible in her Travis Banton gown and cascading titian hair. Here we see the birth of Rita Hayworth and the demise of Rita Cansino.
Also worth mentioning are Anthony Quinn as one of Juan's boyhood friends, Manola De Palma and the wonderful silent star Alla Nazemova who is heart breaking as Juan's mother.
The music by the masterful Alfred Newman sets the tone and emotion of the film. Lush and full of the sounds of Spain it is one of his best.
Darryl Zanuck believed that story was everything in film. Without a good story you had nothing to build a film on. In "Blood and Sand" the head of Fox proves his point and gives us a great movie presented in the grand style of Hollywood's golden age.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BEAUTIFUL TECHNICOLOR BLU RAY FROM FOX, July 17, 2013
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"Blood and Sand"(1941) is the first of three Technicolor Blu-rays that will be released by Fox this year starring Tyrone Power with the other two being "Jesse James"(1939) and "The Black Swan"(1942). Those who have any doubts about how these old Technicolor films might look on Blu-ray after seventy years can put all those doubts away. "Blood and Sand" looks absolutely gorgeous on Blu-ray and if you're a fan of Technicolor films from this era then you'll be pleased. All the credit should go to the film restorers at Fox for bringing this film back to life in a dazzling Blu-ray presentation. "Blood and Sand" won a richly deserved Oscar for Best Cinematography(Ernest Palmer & Ray Rennahan) but credit must be given also to it's director, Rouben Mamoulian who according to the liner notes "based many of the film's set designs and color schemes on the works of master Spanish painters such as El Greco, Velasquez and Goya." Many of the scenes in the film do look like paintings come to life and that is brought out to amazing effect in this Blu-ray presentation. For a film that's over seventy years old, it looks brand new considering that some Technicolor films released recently on Blu-ray look almost artificial. Not so with "Blood and Sand". Colors are vibrant, especially the blues and reds. Look no further than the toreador costumes worn by the bull fighters. If I had to pick one color that stands out among all the others in would be "Gold". You can see the smallest details in these costumes and will have a greater appreciation to all the hard work the costume designers did in making each one authentic. The story is a familiar one, that of a poor boy who rises to the top of the bull fighting profession only to be brought down by his ego and the wrong woman(the beautiful Rita Hayworth). All the actors look great in Technicolor. Tyrone Power was one of the most handsome leading men in films and his good looks are really on display in this one. However, acting honors go to the beautiful Linda Darnell as his faithful and long suffering wife. Nazimova, the great silent star, comes in a close second as Tyrone Power's mother. Spoiler Alert: For the record, there are only two bullfighting scenes in the movie, one about an hour in(this is the longest) and a short one at the end which closes the movie. Both scenes are done tastefully all things considered. "Blood and Sand" is 125 minutes(Aspect Ratio: 1.33.1) and contains the following subtitles: English SDH and Spanish. Audio is as follows: English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0; Spanish and French Dolby Digital 1.0. The only negative I can say about this beautiful Blu-ray from Fox is that it came in one of those awful Eco-cases(I hate them) so if you have any old HD cases laying around you might want to switch the picture insert and disc into one of those instead. To sum up, many thanks to the restorers at Fox for beautiful work they did on this Technicolor film from the Fox Catalog. I'm looking forward to "Jesse James" and "The Black Swan" when they're released in December.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lush Colour Remake Of Classic Bull Fighting Story, June 2, 2005
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Simon Davis (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Blood & Sand [VHS] (VHS Tape)
While not being a fan of Bullfighting I find myself swept up in the excitment of this ultimate story about the trials and tribulations in the lives of Spain's famous Matadors. Undertaken as one of Twentieth Century Fox's biggest productions for 1941 and boasting the most breathtaking technicolour photography that you could imagine "Blood and Sand", is a visual feast for the eyes and provided Twentieth Century Fox's reigning male star Tyrone Power with another classic role which was itself a remake of an earlier version that had starred the legendary Rudolph Valentino. The film was significant in also providing a breakthrough role for Rita Hayworth who had spent the previous few years steadily climbing up the acting ladder from appearing in "B", efforts such as "Charlie Chan in Egypt", and "Blondie on a Budget". She makes a great impression here as the femme fatale who uses men and provides a dramatic illustration of what movie goers could look forward to in the coming years when she became the Queen of Columbia Studios. Her character in "Blood and Sand", makes an interesting contrast to female lead Linda Darnell's almost saintly wife and indeed you couldn't find a more beautiful production to showcase the beauty of both women beside the dashing Tyrone Power.

Based on the novel "Sangre y Arena", by Vincente Blasco Ibanez, "Blood and Sand", tells the story of tormented Matador Juan Gallardo (Tyrone power), from his childhood when he dreams of fighting the bulls in the arenas of Madrid just like his father had. As a boy he is the main worry of his religious mother Senora Augustias (Alla Nazimova), who sees him becoming just like his father who was killed by a bull in the ring. Juan leaves home to seek his fortune in Madrid and the story jumps ahead ten years to when Juan a successful matador, returns home with his group of childhood friends who include Nacional (John Carradine), and Manolo de Palma (Anthony Quinn). He becomes highly successful in the ring and marries his childhood sweetheart Carmen (Linda Darnell), who had promised to wait for him. His success in the ring brings rich bounties and he is able to buy a fine house and elaborate costumes for his performances however the cracks in Juan's existense soon begin to appear when his group of followers start to become dissatisfied for various reasons. Nacional begins to despise the sport of killing bulls and the ambitious Manolo starts to grow restless living in the shadow of Juan's success. Juan also engages in a heated and at times physically violent battle with Natalio Curro (Laird Cregar),a vicious bullfighter critic who had slammed Juan's father. Juan also attracts the dangerous attentions of Dona Sol des Muire (Rita Hayworth), a superficial beauty who goes from one man to the next when it suits her. Soon trouble appears in Juan's marriage despite Carmen's devotion to her husband and ugly rumours begin to circulate about his involvement with Dona Sol. His popularity with the crowds begins to decline as he neglects his performances in particular after Nacional is fatally gored by a bull in the arena due to Juan's carelessness. Finally discovering the truth about Juan's involvement with Dona Sol Carmen finally leaves him and as the public attention begins to focus on upcoming Manolo Juan finds himself cast aside by Dona Sol who now pursues the latest champion in the ring . With his world in pieces Juan decides to get his life in order and lets his mother know that he will quit the bull fighting after one last occasion in the ring. On the day he is reunited with the ever faithful Carmen and then puts in one of his finest performances however a happy conclusion is not to be there for Juan as when he is recieving the acclaim of the crowds he is suddenly gored by a bull and taken with fatal injuries into the rooms where he dies in Carmen's arms just as Manolo takes over in the ring to the cheers of the unfeeling crowd.

Reunited with legendary director Rouben Mamoulian with whom he had just had a triumph in a remake of another silent classic "The Mark of Zorro", Tyrone Power despite some people's belief that he was miscast here, had one of his greatest successes in "Blood and Sand". He is all appropriate swagger and arrogance as the young bull fighter with the world at his feet and later handles the emotions very well as Juan's world falls apart and he becomes the victim of the black widow type villianess Dona Sol. Indeed the studios continual view of him as their chief box office asset is reflected in every aspect of this sumptuous production from the dazzling Academy Award Winning cinematography by Ernest Palmer and Ray Rennahan, along with the beautiful and minutely authentic set decoration, rousing musical score courtesy of Alfred Newman, and stunning costumes for both the arena and romantic scenes. Good and bad is dramatically illustrated in the characters of the two female leads with Rita Hayworth's seductive man eater coming off the best in her smaller role. Linda Darnell in her third teaming in a row with Tyrone Power shows off her extraordinary beauty and sympathetic playing much as she did in "The Mark of Zorro", and she makes a great team with Tyrone Power in their touching romantic moments together. "Blood and Sand", also boasts the talents of silent screen legend Alla Nazimova who had only recently returned to films in character roles and does very well here as the world weary mother who scrubs floors and sees her destiny as seeing the men in her life rise and fall in the bull fighting ring. Rounding out the cast Anthony Quinn almost succeeds in stealing parts of the film in his performance as Juan's childhood rival who continues in his efforts as an adult to overshadow him and in the part of washed up matador Garabato, J. Carrol Naish has some wonderfully moving scenes as he views Juan's rise and fall from his own bitter experience.

Movie making from the old school of Hollywood "Blood and Sand", is really a viewing experience to savour, made just before World War Two changed the type of film Hollywood made forever. Many people may quibble that Tyrone Power doesn't for one moment convince as a Spanish Matador but it is a star part above all else and it certainly helped to cement his image as one of Hollywood's most dashing leading men of any period. For a taste of Hollywood storytelling on the most elaborate scale you can't get much better than Twentieth Century Fox's remake of the classic story "Blood and Sand".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely tale about love, lust and passion!, September 9, 1999
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This review is from: Blood & Sand [VHS] (VHS Tape)
OK, Tyrone Power is not a matador! But, he is the a great lover on the screen. He can be the husband for Linda Darnell and the puppet for Miss Hayworth (terrific as Doña Sol). More... the movie is magnificent. Only director Mamoulian can paint on the screen like Velazquez on the canvas!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Someone once said "Technicolor isn't true to life - It's BETTER than life', January 20, 2007
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M. G. PHILLIPS (City of Orange, CA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Blood and Sand (DVD)
If you desire to know why in hell people were excited with Technicolor when it first got popular, we're talking the kind of color that jumps off the screen and seeps into your skin, here is presented in the grand style of Hollywood's golden age "BLOOD & SAND". This movie has the best color ever. I use it as a reference disk to show off what Technicolor was REALLY like.

Truly any one of the movies below could be studied for the art of Technicolor. Many of them are over 40-50 years old and sparkle like new.Due much in part to Warner Brothers restoration process.

Here is my Technicolor Reference list:

1) Blood & Sand

2) Singing In The Rain

3) The Garden of Allah (with Marlene Dietrich)

4) Auntie Mame (with Rosland Russell

5) Robin Hood (with Errol Flynn)

6) Gone With The Wind (Warner Brothers special edition) The scene where she waiting in that red dress at the front door after Clark Gable forces her to go to Melanie's party.

The numerical order has no meaning other than to list.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie's just plain cool!, January 31, 2001
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Miss Jenny (Orlando, Florida) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Blood & Sand [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Here's one of many old-time movies that will keep you from boredom. When I first saw "Blood and Sand". I thought it just "another boring old movie!" My parents convinced me that it was REALLY good, and boy, were they right! I mean, it's well. The acting is not the best, but they sure try. The bullfighting scenes and the song Dona Sol plays in the guitar is beautiful. She plays it in a very talented and special way. The Spainsh scenes are really wonderful. Sure, it's so old (1941,I suppose), it LOOKS old. But hey, you can deal with it, cause this "Blood and Sand" rocks!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The rags-to-riches tale of a matador, September 23, 2005
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This review is from: Blood & Sand [VHS] (VHS Tape)
"Blood and Sand," stars Tyrone Power as Juan Gallardo, the son of a matador who died in the arena. Juan vows to be even better than his father, and gradually does become the most honored bullfighter in Sevilla. Along the way he marries his childhood sweetheart, Carmen (Linda Darnell), and falls under the spell of a wealthy and heartless socialite (Rita Hayworth).

When this was made in 1941, movies focused on vibrant Technicolor, dramatic stories, stirring music, and beautiful stars, sometimes to the exclusion of subtlety or accuracy in the script. Such is the case with "Blood and Sand." It is glamour all the way, with sumptuous costumes and lead actors that are startlingly handsome. Power is charming as the swaggering matador, Darnell is the picture of devotion, and Hayworth is drop-dead gorgeous as the playgirl who uses men. None of them look, speak, or seem particularly Spanish, however, nor do the supporting actors such as John Carradine and George Reeves (TV's Superman). The dialogue tends to be cliché and melodramatic and the few Spanish words are mispronounced, but the point of the movie is to enjoy the visual spectacle, and that is very easy to do. The bullfighting scenes are stock footage, filmed at a distance, so there is no gore. Overall, this is a very pleasant film about pride, love, and ambition.

Kona
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Tyrone Power's best --- needs to be on DVD, February 11, 2004
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This 1941 masterpiece, a remake of the 1922 Valentino classic, starring the legendary Tyrone Power in the Valentino role, with Linda Darnell and, in one of her first big roles, Rita Hayworth. The Technicolor cinematography of this masterpiece is absolutely stunning, the colors practically leap off the screen. You can't get that look in modern movies anymore; all movies today are too bright or too dull.
Anyway, its time for Fox to release this title on DVD, along with The Black Swan, Captain from Castile and others. Tyrone Power is a trully excellent and underrated actor, and his movies must be released on DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood, Sand & Beauty!, February 26, 2013
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Tyrone Power is great in this role. He looks wonderful in his bullfighting attire. All the costumes are beautiful and so are Linda Darnell and Rita Hayworth. The movie has a few slow spots but it's not that hard to get past them. The story is very good and worth the time to watch. If you liked Tyrone Power as Zorro you will like him in this movie also.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic blu ray, August 24, 2013
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would never have imagined a movie almost 70 years old could look this beautiful in the blu ray edition..story is a bit tired,but seeing tyrone power an rita Hayworth look this great is worth the cost of the blu ray alone....nobody in movies today comes close to them.great technical work by 20th century fox
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