BLOOD AND SAND (1941) C 123m dir: Rouben Mamoulian
w/Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, Anthony Quinn, Alla Nazimova, J. Carroll Naish, John Carradine, Laird Cregar, Lynn Bari, Vincente Gomez
From The Movie Guide: "Lavish, tragic mural that owes its pizzazz to Mamoulian's use of color and composition; BLOOD AND SAND is like watching the great Spanish Masters do animation. Remake of the great [Rudolph] Valentino triumph seems a little flat, mainly because Power lacks the magnetism and danger of his predecessor.
"Students of sex symbolism should have fun comparing Darnell and Hayworth, although both ladies are still a light year away from possessing the full extent of their erotic powers. Hayworth, who won [the role of] Dona Sol over Maria Montez and because Carole Landis refused to dye her hair red, became a contender for pin-up queen as a result of the film. As usual, she lacks the fatality of the greatest seductresses and looks unhappy, but all flaws go out the window when the lady starts to flamenco. The best performances are delivered by the compelling Nazimova and young Anthony Quinn. Ernest Palmer and Ray Rennahan won Oscars for the lush cinematography."
BLOOD AND SAND was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Art Direction (Richard Day, Joseph C. Wright, Thomas Little).