Monday, March 15, 2010

Movie of the Week

Blood and Sand
1941

A fantastic re-make of the 1922 Valentino classic that captures determination, passion, and the relentless pursuit for success perfectly. Colorful costumes, sets, and a well-drawn out story line gives for 125 minutes of splendid film making.

The equally talented and handsome Tyrone Power plays Juan Gallardo, a man with dreams of becoming the most famous bullfighter in Spain. Soon enough his dreams drive him to absolute success and he finds himself gaining everything and anything that he desires. He returns home bearing gifts for all and receiving one as well when he finds his childhood love is still in love with him and has been waiting for him. But dreams, success and gain don't always bring about the best sort of life.
Juan soon finds himself embroiled in an affair with the stunning beauty Dona Sol which complicates his life and brings Juan back down to earth. He finds himself falling into a downward spiral he can't control and watches as his ambition overwhelms the life he has built up for himself.
Will it be far too late for Juan to pick up the pieces of a life that has fallen apart? Or will he be able to lift himself up again out of the blood and sand he has allowed himself to drown in?

Tyrone Power, Rita Hayworth, Linda Darnell and Anthony Quinn are all superb in this perfect film that captures the glory of Spain. It's a beautiful movie, the performances are flawless, and the depiction is enthralling. Tyrone Power is a definite standout and his acting abilities outshine just about everything else. A classic that will last forever, a movie that is truly timeless - Blood and Sand is one of the best movies ever made.





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