Blood and Sand (1941 film)
|Blood and Sand|
Original film poster
|Directed by||Rouben Mamoulian|
|Produced by||Associate producer:|
Darryl F. Zanuck
|Screenplay by||Jo Swerling|
|Based on||Sangre y arena|
by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
J. Carrol Naish
|Music by||Alfred Newman|
|Edited by||Robert Bischoff|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|May 22, 1941|
Blood and Sand (1941) is a romantic melodrama Technicolor film directed by Rouben Mamoulian, produced by 20th Century Fox, and starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, and Alla Nazimova. It is based on the 1908 Spanish novel which was critical of bullfighting, Blood and Sand (Sangre y arena), by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. The supporting cast features Anthony Quinn, Lynn Bari, Laird Cregar, J. Carrol Naish, John Carradine and George Reeves.
Rita Hayworth's singing voice was dubbed by Gracilla Pirraga.
There are two earlier versions of Blood and Sand, a 1922 version produced by Paramount Pictures, and starring Rudolph Valentino, and a 1916 version filmed by Blasco Ibáñez himself with the help of Max André, and a later 1989 version starring Christopher Rydell and Sharon Stone.
As a child, Juan Gallardo (Rex Downing) wants only to become a bullfighter like his dead father. One night he has an argument with the pompous critic Natalio Curro (Laird Cregar) who asserted Juan's father's lack of talent in the bullring. The argument spurs Juan to travel to Madrid and achieve his dream of success in the bullring. Before leaving, he promises his aristocratic child sweetheart Carmen Espinosa (Ann E. Todd) he will return when he is a success and marry her.
Ten years later, Juan Gallardo (now played by Tyrone Power) returns to Seville. He has become a matador and uses his winnings to help his impoverished family. He sets his mother (Alla Nazimova) up in a fine house and enables her to give up her work as a scrubwoman. He also lavishes money on his sister Encarnacion (Lynn Bari) and her fiancé Antonio (William Montague) so they can open a business and wed. He hires ex-bullfighter Garabato (J. Carrol Naish), who has become a beggar, as his servant. Best of all, he is now able to marry his childhood sweetheart Carmen (Linda Darnell) as he had promised.
Juan's wealth and fame continue to grow along with his talents as a bullfighter. Eventually he becomes Spain's most acclaimed matador. Even the once scornful critic Curro now lavishes praises upon Juan and brags that it was he who discovered Juan's talent. Although Juan remains illiterate, doors open to society and he catches the eye of sultry socialite Doña Sol des Muire (Rita Hayworth) at one of his bullfights.
Juan is blinded by the attention his fame has brought and Doña Sol finds it easy to lead him astray. He soon begins to neglect his wife, family and training in favor of her privileged and decadent lifestyle. His performance in the bullring suffers from his excesses and he falls from his position as the premiere matador of Spain while his extravagant lifestyle means that he has no savings and fails to pay suppliers and employees. His manager warns Juan that he is heading for destruction but Juan refuses to accept his advice. With falling fame and income comes rejection by everyone once important to him, while Carmen leaves him after she learns of his affair. With his fame now gone, Doña Sol moves on to new up and coming matador Manolo de Palma (Anthony Quinn), Juan's childhood friend.
After losing everything, a repentant Juan begs for forgiveness and is taken back by Carmen. He promises her to leave bullfighting but wishes to have one final bullfight to prove he is still a great matador. His prayers for one last success, however, are not answered and, like his father before him, he is gored by the bull. Garabato angrily says the "beast" is the crowd, not the bull. Juan dies in the arms of Carmen as the crowd cheers for Manolo's victory over the bull. Manolo bows to the fickle crowd near the bloodstain left in the sand by Juan.
Main cast and characters
as Juan Gallardo
|Linda Darnell |
as Carmen Espinosa
as Doña Sol des Muire
as Señora Angustias
as Manolo de Palma
|J. Carrol Naish |
|John Carradine |
as El Nacional
as Natalio Curro
|Monty Banks||Antonio López|
|George Reeves||Captain Pierre Lauren|
|Fortunio Bonanova||Pedro Espinosa|
|Adrian Morris as Michael Morris||La Pulga|
|Charles Stevens||Pablo Gómez|
|Cora Sue Collins||Encarnación (as a child)|
|Rex Downing||Juan (as a child)|
|Ann E. Todd||Carmen (as a child) (as Ann Todd)|
Over thirty actresses were considered for the role of Doña Sol, including Gene Tierney and Dorothy Lamour. After Zanuck's original choice, Carole Landis, refused to dye her hair red for the role, Rita Hayworth was cast. Rouben Mamoulian's sets were inspired by the works of painters El Greco, Goya and Velázquez. During shooting he carried paint spray guns in order to be able to alter the color of props at a moment's notice. He also painted shadows onto walls rather than changing the lighting. The film's exterior long shots were filmed in the Plaza de Toros in Mexico City and Oscar "Budd" Boetticher Jr. served as the film's technical director for bullfighting. Unlike most films, Blood and Sand was not previewed, but premiered uncut at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in May 1941.
The film was a big hit and earned a profit of $662,500.
- In the same year 1941, the Mexican comedian Cantinflas launched Ni sangre ni arena ("Neither blood nor sand") also about bullfighting.
- Inspired by Blood and Sand's popularity The Three Stooges released a short titled "What's the Matador?" 11 months later, with no story connection except bullfighting.
- Fear and Sand, Italian comedy film of 1948
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