Blood and Sand (1941)

Blood and Sand (1941), directed by Rouben Mamoulian.

A straightforward drama without surprises or much liveliness. As always back then, "foreign" characters must speak stilted but formally proper English.

Of interest for the Technicolor production and stars:

A problem with the plot is the romance of bullfighting: who cares anymore?

The tepid production comes to life in a scene toward the end when Hayworth and Quinn dance passionately, two people who really mean it. Sizzling stuff, I say.

This has been filmed four times; in 1922 with Rudolph Valentino.

Alfred Newman score.

Available on Blu-ray. The commentary track is devoted entirely to the cinematography.