Jack Garner's Plan B: 'Blood and Sand'

04:03 PM, Sep 03, 2013


As an alternative, critic Jack Garner recommends:

BLOOD AND SAND. This sumptuous bullfighting melodrama from 1941 rightfully won the Academy Award for its luscious color cinematography. It is, indeed, one of the most gorgeous films by director Rouben Mamoulian. Tyrone Power (the poor man’s Errol Flynn) stars as illiterate peasant Juan Gallardo, who realizes a boyhood dream to become a legendary bullfighter. However, his dream is threatened by a heightened ego and his wandering eye, which leads him from his wholesome wife (Linda Darnell) to the wiles of Rita Hayworth. The plot is the stuff of soap operas and there aren’t enough bullfighting scenes, but the film still offers the top-of-the-line stylishness that makes us call this Hollywood age “golden.”

Cast: Power, Darnell, Hayworth.

Director: Mamoulian.

Jack’s rating: 8.

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