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The Moment of Truth (1965)

(บรรยายอังกฤษ)

 

Directer: Francesco Rosi

Writter: Pedro Beltrán, Ricardo Muñoz Suay,

Pere Portabella, Francesco Rosi

Running time: 110 min

Country: Italy | Spain

Language: Italian
Genre: Drama

Subtitle: English
Starring:  
Miguel Mateo ''Miguelín'' ... Miguel Romero ''Miguelín''
José Gómez Sevillano ... Impresario
Pedro Basauri ''Pedrucho'' ... Himself
Linda Christian ... Linda, American woman

 

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Storyline:
The Moment of Truth (Il momento della verità), from director Francesco Rosi, is a visceral plunge into the life of a famous torero - played by real-life bullfighting legend Miguel Mateo, known as Miguelín. Charting his rise and fall with a single-minded focus on the bloody business at hand, the film is at once gritty and operatic, placing the viewer right in the thick of the rings action, as close to death as possible. Like all of the great Italian truth seekers films, this is not just an electrifying drama but also a profound and moving inquiry into a violent worldand its perhaps the greatest bullfighting movie ever made.


Special Features:
- New high-definition digital restoration
- Exclusive interview with director Francesco Rosi from 2004
- New English subtitle translation


Review:

 In his Death in the Afternoon, Hemingway wrote of bullfighting, "it is a tragedy, the death of the bull, which is played, more or less well, by the bull and the man involved and in which there is danger for the man but certain death for the animal. Varyingly, Hemingway referred to bullfighting as one of the only true sports (along with motor racing and mountaineering) and as an art, "a decadent art" and the only one "in which the artist is in danger of death..." Identifying the key word of bullfighting as "suerte," Hemingway explores its meaning as an "act," a "hazard," and "destiny": more suggestions of classical tragedy. While initially inspired by Death in the Afternoon, Italian filmmaker Francesco Rosi crafts his own neorealist tragedy that crucially delineates the upward arc before the fall.

Rosi wisely cast actual torero Miguel Mateo (a.k.a. "Miguelín") as the film''s like-named protagonist. The young Miguel has determined not to live out his life in the minimal sustenance afforded by rural life (and endorsed by his father, a man of simple pleasures); the siren call of the city lures Miguel to Barcelona, where his naive expectations meet harsh reality. Here too is a programmatic future of hard labor for little rewardthat is, if he can even land a job. Again staring down a lifetime of disappointment, Miguel looks longingly at a poster of a celebrated torero. Having already happily tempted fate in a Pamplona bull run, Miguel puts his outsized confidence once more to the test, impatiently rising through the ranks of nobody student and ambitious upstart on the way to becoming a star performer. He discovers it''s somewhat lonely at the top, where few (not even the experienced small and big-time impresarios who take him there) truly understand the art of bullfighting, its insistence on bravado and fear, its draining physical and emotional punishment.



 

Miguel''s fatal flaw is his inability to determine when enough is enough. Like a motor racer or a mountaineer, a torero''s days are numbered, and though Miguel insists he''s only in it until he has earned "enough money," it''s not at all clear what constitutes "enough." He buys his parents an estate and himself a flashy convertible (another fringe benefit: at least one prize female conquest, whose tryst with Miguel suggests a similarly heady brew of fearsome life-and-death tangling). Though he becomes more than comfortable in financial terms, Miguel feels trapped by the obligations laid before him by his manager and more so by his own need to live in the ring, in that heightened state of living that is near-death. Rosi subtly maps Miguel''s desire to escape and insistent return to defined spaces: on the run from the circular tilling of his father''s field, the young man winds up living in the arena; he trades the prison-like cubicle of a dingy rooming house for the plush prisons of his hotel rooms and the car that seems to take him further and further from contentment (as when he visits home, finds it more appealing than he remembers, then mustas quickly as he camereturn to the bullfighting circuit).

Though in melodramatic terms, the title is apt, Rosi''s film could just as easily have been called "Moments of Truth." The film''s fascinating framework of ornate and frightful Catholic displays establishes a thematic language of acceptable barbarism applicable to the world of bullfighting, with its carefully learned and practiced suertes, costumes, and selling point of ritualistic death. With his easy charisma, Mateo is a natural before the camera, and the film gets an incredible charge from putting its protagonist into unfakeable mortal danger. And so, on the level of documentary (ignoring the Italian dubbing), this fable of the disposable performer rising above his class transcends ordinary fiction to be an expressive visual record of the art of bullfighting: primal, brutal, repellent and magnetic in equal measure. Hemingway would surely approve.
Groucho Reviews



 

The glare of the sun, the surge of flamenco, the roar of the crowd: Rosi''s film about bullfighting is all this and more. On to a Blood and Sand-style story of an Andalusian boy abandoning his arid, poverty-stricken home for the supposed glamour of the urban corridas, is grafted an ambivalent, subtle analysis of the thorny byways bordering on the road to fame and fortune; exchanging hardship for the manipulative deals of entrepreneurial Dons and the contempt of bourgeois socialites, the hero''s resolve to make good finally results in a blurred nightmare of disillusionment and death. Without glorifying the ''sport'', the magnificent ''Scope compositions nevertheless display the matador''s mesmeric grace and daring, while admitting the frenzied brutality that delights the bloodthirsty, callous crowds. It''s a colourful, cruel world of senseless exploitation (of animals and humans alike) and tyrannical traditions, rendered with vivid brilliance by this uncommonly unsentimental director.
TimeOut


Awards:1 win & 1 nomination.

Cannes Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1965 Nominated Palme d''Or Francesco Rosi 
Antonio Levesi Cervi 
 
David di Donatello Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1965 Won David Best Director (Migliore Regista)
Francesco Rosi 
Tied with Vittorio De Sica for Matrimonio all''italiana (1964).
 


 

 



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