Blood and Sand (1922)




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Juan Gallardo (Rudolph Valentino) is a shoemaker who becomes a national hero by way of his prowess as a matador in this drama. His success wins the heart of Carla (Lila Lee), who marries the charismatic bullfighter. Juan soon falls for Doña Sol (Nita Naldi), a wanton widow with a penchant for passion. Carla learns of the affair but vows to stand by her man. Juan is mortally gored by a bull when he sees Doña Sol in the crowd with another man. He is taken to the chapel at the stadium where he suffers in agony from his fatal distraction. Perennial villain Walter Long turns in another fine performance as the heavy Plumitas. Valentino failed to attend the premiere of the film when he believed the studio cut corners on the production cost. Judicious editing by Dorothy Arzner saved the studio a fortune by filming in the studio instead of in Madrid as originally planned. Arzner went on to become the most prominent female director of the 1930's.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Rudolph Valentino
as Juan Gallardo
Lila Lee
as Carmen
Nita Naldi
as Dona Sol
George Field
as El Nacional
Walter Long
as Plumitas
Rosa Rosanova
as Senora Augustias
Leo White
as Antonio
Charles Belcher
as Don Joselito
Jack Winn
as Potaje
Mane Marstini
as El Camacione
Gilbert Clayton
as Garabato
Harry Lamont
as El Pontelliro
George Periolat
as Marquise de Guevera
Fred Becker
as Don Jose
Sidney de Grey
as Dr. Ruiz
Dorcas Matthews
as Senora Nacional
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Critic Reviews for Blood and Sand

All Critics (8)

The melodrama helps Valentino to nail down his Latin lover image while showing his acting chops, which some questioned.

Full Review… | July 3, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Above average Valentino vehicle eclipsed by the 1941 remake.

January 26, 2005
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This is definitely [Valentino's] best acting job.

Full Review… | February 28, 2002
Goatdog's Movies

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September 23, 2005
Boulder Weekly

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June 25, 2005

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June 25, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for Blood and Sand

This movie was boring, but at least I learned that people were concerned about animal cruelty in the twenties. If you like bull-fighting and sappy romance, though, you will enjoy this.

Aj V
Aj V

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*** (out of four) Rudolph Valentino's star was on the rise and this film helped solidify him as one of the leading actors of the silent screen era. And while it isn't his best film, it is good one. Valentino is a young man who wants to rise out of the poverty upbringing he had and provide a good life for his widowed mother. He becomes a bullfighter and soon a big celebrity. But he becomes tempted by a rich woman, which threatens his own marriage.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

I loved this movie! The acting was awesome, and Rudolph Valentino had such sex appeal...the way he looked at the other HOT!!!

Saundra Black
Saundra Black

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