Il Momento della Verita (The Moment of Truth)
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Il Momento della Verita (The Moment of Truth)
World class toreador Mateo Miguelin plays an impoverished Spanish lad who becomes a bullfighter in this routine drama. He quickly rises to the top and is soon appearing before capacity crowds in the bullrings of Barcelona. Linda Christian plays the beautiful society woman who is intrigued by the macho Mateo. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Never have I got such a message of the cruelty of the sport as is conveyed in this film, which owes much of its excitement to superb color photography."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Arguably the greatest bullfighting movie ever made."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"ends up feeling distracted, constantly torn away from developing an interesting protagonist in favor of lingering on the behind-the-scenes machinations of the business of bullfighting and bullfighting itself"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Francesco Rosi's 1965 feature is widely (and plausibly) considered the best movie about bullfighting, in part because of its irony and finesse in capturing how the sport springs from and plays against the social reality of Spain."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The best film on bullfighting."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Moment of Truth tells the story of a farm boy, Mateo, who heads for the bullrings of Barcelona and quickly becomes a top-rated toreador and press darling. His downfall is just as abrupt, however."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"There's one thing I can say about every bullfighting movie I've seen: I'm always rooting for the bull."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"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. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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