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Il Momento della Verita (The Moment of Truth)

Il Momento della Verita (The Moment of Truth) (1965)

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World class toreador Mateo Miguelin plays an impoverished Spanish lad who becomes a bullfighter in this routine drama. He quickly rises to the top and is soon appearing before capacity crowds in the bullrings of Barcelona. Linda Christian plays the beautiful society woman who is intrigued by the macho Mateo. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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Art House & International, Drama

Pedro Beltrán

Criterion Collection

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Never have I got such a message of the cruelty of the sport as is conveyed in this film, which owes much of its excitement to superb color photography.

January 23, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Francesco Rosi's 1965 feature is widely (and plausibly) considered the best movie about bullfighting, in part because of its irony and finesse in capturing how the sport springs from and plays against the social reality of Spain.

January 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's a colourful, cruel world of senseless exploitation (of animals and humans alike) and tyrannical traditions, rendered with vivid brilliance by this uncommonly unsentimental director.

January 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Arguably the greatest bullfighting movie ever made.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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The best film on bullfighting.

March 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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There's one thing I can say about every bullfighting movie I've seen: I'm always rooting for the bull.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

ends up feeling distracted, constantly torn away from developing an interesting protagonist in favor of lingering on the behind-the-scenes machinations of the business of bullfighting and bullfighting itself

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

The Moment of Truth tells the story of a farm boy, Mateo, who heads for the bullrings of Barcelona and quickly becomes a top-rated toreador and press darling. His downfall is just as abrupt, however.

January 23, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This fable of the disposable performer rising above his class transcends ordinary fiction to be an expressive visual record of the art of bullfighting: primal, brutal, repellent and magnetic in equal measure. [Blu-ray]

January 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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  • Moment of Truth, The (Il momento della verita) (DE)
  • Moment of Truth, The (Il momento della verita) (UK)
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