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|THE MATADOR (directors: Stephen Higgins/Nina Gilden Seavey; cinematographer: Christopher Jenkins/James Morton-Haworth; editor: Ian Rummer; music: John Califra; cast: David Fandila; Runtime: 74; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Stephen Higgins/Nina Gilden Seavey; City Lights Pictures; 2008-Spain-in Spanish with English subtitles)|
|"A no-frills documentary for
those who romanticize bullfighting as both a
sport and an art."
by Dennis Schwartz
no-frills documentary for those who romanticize
bullfighting as both a sport and an art, with time out
for the opponents to give voice to their opposition.
I had no problems with the filming or its bland
Hollywood-like handsome subject, but I'm one of those
not interested in such a brutal exercise and this film
did nothing to convince me otherwise. Co-directors
Stephen Higgins and Nina Gilden
Seavey followed Granada native bullfighter David
Fandila on his three-year journey, starting in 2003
when the matador was a mere 21, through Spain and
Latin America, as by the journey's end the ambitious
bullfighter gets acclaimed the world's
top-ranked bullfighter despite being badly gored in
the stomach and operated on during the recess after
slaughtering six bulls. The young matador's climb to
the top has him fighting 100 matches a year, a feat
only the few great ones attempt.
whose fans call him El Fandi, seems
like a clean-cut nice young man with a hottie
girlfriend he hardly sees because of his travel, and a
supportive family that includes a proud former matador
father, a doting mom and an older brother Juan Alvaro
who quit being a professional skier to act as
his bro's protector and assistant. David's ritualized
macho death-defying heroics in the ring, confronting
the over a thousand pound bulls to show the public he
has the guts and skill to do what few of them can do,
only left me abstractly thinking why did bullfight
lover Hemingway kill himself?
REVIEWED ON 2/23/2013 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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