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Afternoon of the Bulls (1956)

Tarde de toros (original title)
Sellout in the bullring of Las Ventas in Madrid. A luxury poster is about to deal a cattle from Antonio Pérez Tabernero. A spontaneous jumps into the ring, the wife of one of those ... See full summary »


Ladislao Vajda


Manuel Tamayo (story), Julio Coll (story) | 3 more credits »
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Domingo Ortega Domingo Ortega ... Ricardo Puente
Antonio Bienvenida Antonio Bienvenida ... Juan Carmona
María Asquerino ... Paloma
Marisa Prado Marisa Prado ... Isabel
Encarna Fuentes Encarna Fuentes ... Ana María (as Encarnita Fuentes)
Jorge Vico Jorge Vico ... Manolo
Jesús Tordesillas ... Luis Montes
Manolo Morán ... Jiménez
Juan Calvo ... Don César
Mariano Azaña ... Julián
José Isbert ... Don Felipe
Amparo Martí ... Doña Julia
Félix Dafauce ... D. Luis
Jesús Colomer Jesús Colomer ... Trepa
José Prada ... Padre Fermín


Sellout in the bullring of Las Ventas in Madrid. A luxury poster is about to deal a cattle from Antonio Pérez Tabernero. A spontaneous jumps into the ring, the wife of one of those bullfighters is expecting a child secretly, one of the matadors is prey to nerves during slaughter, some spectators are cheering and discussed among themselves - Halfway between documentary and fiction, carries out this production which, as its title suggests, revolves around a bullfight. Written by jsanchez

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17 September 1956 (Portugal) See more »

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Afternoon of the Bulls See more »

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Madrid, Spain See more »

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Mono (RCA Ultraviolet)


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'Tarde de toros' ('Bulls afternoon') was the first Spanish motion picture that chooses the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. See more »

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Very good bullfighting film dealing with the events at Ventas Plaza in an afternoon of bulls
20 November 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

It concerns about valiant bullfighters relentlessly flirting with death and along the way they have turbulent love stories . It is a splendid portrayal of a traditional ¨Corrida Toros¨. Sellout in the bullring of Las Ventas in Madrid . A luxury poster is about to deal a cattle from Antonio Pérez Tabernero . The veteran Torero Ricardo (Domingo Ortega) whose career is far from finish , leaves his lover (Maria Asquerino) and , the best bullfighter , the winner Juan Carmona (Antonio Bienvenida, whose voice is not dubbed) suffers injuries from a bull , and a bit later on , to be aware a child to be born from his wife Isabel . Meantime , a spontaneous (Jorge Vico) goes down at arena , as he jumps into the ring . While some spectators are cheering and discussing among themselves . This one concerns Spanish-style bullfighting , it is called Corrida De Toros (literally "running of bulls") or la fiesta ("the festival") , at the same time it deals with the bullfighters' loves .

Like its title suggests, it revolves around the bullfighting world and displaying a colorful and evocative cinematography . The movie gives a nice description about the culture of Spain surrounding the age old traditions of the Matador , in which Toreros are really submitted to nerves during slaughter. As the ancient Toreo art-form is described with unflinching and fetching realism , it is the story of bullfighters against brave beasts . The motion picture was competently made by Ladislao Vajda carrying out a great filming , halfway between documentary and fiction , as he pulls off in this production an intelligent studio about the brave bullfighters , and there are lots of shots about bullfighting , especially in its final part , showing a spectacular Corrida , being technical consultants the notorious Toreros . The film is well starred by true Toreros as Antonio Bienvenida as a bullfighter whose wife is expecting a child secretly , and the prestigious torero Domingo Ortega , among others . Support cast is frankly excellent , plenty of secondary Spanish star-studded such as Jesús Tordesillas ,Manolo Morán ,Juan Calvo , Mariano Azaña , José Isbert , Félix Dafauce , Xan das Bolas , José Prada ,Rafael Bardem , Luis Sánchez Polack and many others .

The film gives an adequate description about ¨Bullfighting¨ art , as the bull is released into the ring, where he is tested for ferocity by the matador and Banderilleros with the magenta and gold Capote ("Cape"). This is the first stage, the Tercio de Varas ("the lancing third"). The matador confronts the bull with the Capote , performing a series of passes and observing the behavior and quirks of the bull . Next , a ¨picador¨ enters the arena on horseback armed with a Vara (lance) . In the next stage, the Tercio De Banderillas ("the third of Banderillas") , each of the three Banderilleros attempts to plant two Banderillas, sharp barbed sticks, into the bull's shoulders . In the final stage, the "the third of death" , the matador re-enters the ring alone with a small red cape, or Muleta, and a sword .

¨Afternoon of the Bulls¨ or ¨Tarde de Toros¨ was made after the international success Marcelino Pan Y Vino (1955) , this picture touched the hearts of numerous spectators all around the world , and before other films starred by Pablito Calvo as ¨Mi Tio Jacinto¨ and ¨Un Angel paso por Brooklyn¨; filmmaker Ladislao Vajda directs for the powerful production company ¨Chamartín¨ this interesting movie , a big hit by the time , being a crossover between fiction and documentary . Precious and luminous cinematography by Enrich Guerner (Vadja's ordinary) who gives us an accurate scenario of the times is developed . Guerner or Heinrich Gärtner was a magnificent cameraman , and similarly to Ladislao Vadja with the arrival of the Nazis and with his Jewish origin, he went in Spain in 1933 ; that's where he worked for the rest of his life and even took the Spanish nationality . He became there a very influential cinematographer and trained many of the Spanish cinematographers who worked with him as assistant cameramen like José F. Aguayo . The motion picture was excellently directed by Ladislao Vadja , born in Hungary , he's author of sensational movies , such as 'The Bait' or 'El cebo' , 'María, matrícula de Bilbao' , 'Atraco' , 'Doña Francisquita , 'Aventuras del Barbero de Sevilla' and 'Carne de horca', and three with Pablito Calvo: 'An Angel over Brooklyn' (along with Peter Ustinov) and 'Uncle Jacinto' (along with Antonio Vico) . The great filmmaker Ladislao Vajda succeeds in this picture , obtaining a great achievement , managing perfectly to the performers and taking advantage of them , giving the best of his acting and spectacular bullfighting scenes . In my opinion this is one of the best films to come out of Europe in the decade of the 50s . Rating : Above average.

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