The Moment of Truth
The Moment of Truth (1965)

World class toreador Mateo quickly rose to stardom in Barcelona from his farm beginnings until he is abruptly killed in the ring when confronting a killer bull. (In Italian; English subtitles)

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 3, 1965
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Arguably the greatest bullfighting movie ever made.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The best film on bullfighting.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

There's one thing I can say about every bullfighting movie I've seen: I'm always rooting for the bull.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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