Seda, Sangre Y Sol (1942)

Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Mexico   |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Seda, Sangre y Sol (Silk, Sunshine and Blood) is a bullfighting picture, which in 1942 meant instant money in the bank for its Mexican producers. The novelty here is that all three participants in a romantic triangle are also dedicated to fighting bulls. Real-life matador Pepe Ortiz spends most of the film vying with Jorge Negrete over the affections of Gloria Marin, who isn't really a bullfighter but plays one in the movies. Much is made of the ritualistic mysticism of the bullring, which obviously meant more to Mexican audiences than it did to North Americans. The principal virtue of Seda, Sangre y Sol is the superb cinematography, which went uncredited in the English-language prints.