Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The 76-minute quasi-documentary Bullfight tends to preach to the converted, but contains much of value for non-aficionados. Great pains are taken to place the history of bullfighting in context with the history of Spain and the temperament of the Spanish people. The film concludes with footage of some of the greatest matadors and toreadors of the 20th century. Undeniably exciting, Bullfight is also incredibly gory at times, so buyer beware; the bloodier sequences are muted somewhat by the black-and-white photography. Originally titled La Course de Taureaux, Bullfight was directed by French filmmaker Pierre Braunberger, who always knew how to strike a happy medium between factualism and commercialism.
bull, matador, newsreels, Spain, bullfighter
High Artistic Quality, High Historical Importance