Love, poverty, fear, greed, ignorance, betrayal, faith, forgiveness and death, all wrapped in the rise and fall cycle of bullfighters. An intriguing melodrama from one of Hollywood's intellectuals (Mamoulian) it has the most breathtaking colour - referential of spanish painture (El Greco, Zurbaran, Goya, Velasquez) - and an expressive combination of metonymic, subjective or omniscient shots. Odd but compelling.
2.5 stars. Mamoulian had visual flair but he was a man of the theater. His movies have set pieces without momentum. He is not helped by this story’s corny premise. Still, like his artistic successor Joshua Logan (Camelot), there was madness in him. Rita Hayworth and Laird Cregar, absurdly over the top, are both irresistible.