Blood and Sand (Blu-ray)

Directed by Fred Niblo

Release Year: 1922
Running Time: 104
UPC: 7 38329 24333 3
Color Type: Color Tinted
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Drama, Romance, Silent
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Cast
Rudolph Valentino
Nita Naldi
Lila Lee

Crew
Directed by Fred Niblo

Mastered in 4K from 35mm film elements preserved by the Cinémathèque Française and Paul Killiam. Additional material provided by Eye Filmmuseum. The film has been color tinted according to instructions in the 1922 continuity script. Special thanks to the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, David Pierce, and Ken Winokur.

 

An immortal icon of brooding sexuality, Rudolph Valentino has become one of silent cinema’s most enigmatic and entrancing performers. Based on the novel by Vicente Blasco Ibanez, Blood and Sand was Valentino’s first starring vehicle, in which he portrays Juan Gallardo, a young Spaniard who achieves his boyhood ambition to become a celebrated toreador. But with fame come temptation and treachery, and the triumphant Juan finds himself the victim of his own desires, forsaking the pure love of the sweet-natured Carmen (Lila Lee) for the sinister charms of the exotic Doña Sol (Nita Naldi).

 


Blu-ray Extras Include:

Audio commentary by film historian Anthony Slide

Booklet essay by Donna Hill, author of Rudolph Valentino: The Silent Idol

Filmed introduction by Orson Welles

Original theatrical trailer

Footage of Valentino’s funeral procession

Parody film starring Will Rogers

Audio recording of the Love Theme: “You Gave Me Your Heart' (Susan Rogers soloist)

 


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