Blood and Sand
name = Blood and Sand
caption = Original Movie Poster
producer =Executive Producer:
Jesse L. Lasky
writer = Novel:
Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Rudolph Valentino Lila Lee Nita Naldi
music = Theatre supplied
cinematography = Alvin Wyckoff
editing = Uncredited:
released = flagicon|USA
August 5, 1922
country = USA
runtime = 80 min.
imdb_id = 0012952
:"For the 1941 film, see
Blood and Sand (1941 film);for the 1989 film, see Blood and Sand (1989 film)"
"Blood and Sand" (1922) is a
silent movieproduced by Paramount Pictures, directed by Fred Nibloand starring Rudolph Valentino, Lila Lee, and Nita Naldi. It was based on the Spanish 1909 novel"Blood and Sand" ("Sangre y arena") by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. There is an earlier version of "Blood and Sand" (1916), filmed by Blasco Ibáñez himself, with the help of Max André. This earlier version was restored in 1998 by the Filmoteca de la Generalitat Valenciana (Spain).
Juan Gallardo (
Rudolph Valentino), a village boy born into poverty, grows up to become one of the greatest matadors in Spain. He marries a friend from his childhood, the beautiful and virtuous Carmen ( Lila Lee), but after he achieves fame and fortune he finds himself drawn to DoñaSol ( Nita Naldi), a wealthy, seductive widow. They embark on a torrid affair with rather sadomasochistic overtones, but Juan, feeling guilty over his betrayal of Carmen, tries to free himself of Doña Sol. Furious at being rejected, she exposes their affair to Carmen and Juan's mother, seemingly destroying his marriage. Growing more and more miserable and dissipated, Juan becomes reckless in the arena. He is eventually killed in a bullfight but does manage to reconcile with Carmen moments before he dies.
There is also a subplot involving a local outlaw whose career is paralleled to Juan's throughout the film by the village philosopher: Juan's fatal injury in the bullring comes moments after the outlaw is shot by the police.
"Blood and Sand" proved very successful at the
box office. It was the source of legendary football player Johnny "Blood" McNally's nickname - he started playing professional under an alias to protect his remaining college eligibility. He and a friend passed a theater where Blood and Sand was playing. Suddenly, McNally exclaimed to his friend: "That's it. You be Sand. I'll be Blood", playing his Hall of Fame career under the name "Johnny Blood" [http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.jsp?player_id=149]
The film was parodied in 1922 by
Stan Laurelin "Mud and Sand" and in 1924 by Will Rogersin the Hal Roach short film"Big Moments From Little Pictures".
"Blood and Sand" has been remade twice:
*The 1941 version was directed by
Rouben Mamoulianand starred Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, and Rita Hayworth.
*The 1989 Spanish remake was directed by
Javier Elorrietaand starred Chris Rydell, Sharon Stone, and Ana Torrent.
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