Excellent melodramatic acting style from Lillah McCarthy and Matheson Lang in a tale of adultery.
"A tale of behind the scenes of the Bull ring, of the blood of a Bull-fighter and the shifting sands of a wayward woman's passion." L/S of a stage, much dramatic posturing by two bull fighters. They take off their hats and the crowd cheers. "The great emotional love scene where El Gallardo (Mr Matheson Lang), forgetting his wife and children, succumbs to the temptation of Dona Sol (Miss Lillah McCarthy)" The love scene is played out in the setting of a grand house. Lillah McCarthy plays the piano as the bull fighter tries to resist her charms. She stands up and holds out her hand. He takes it and a passionate conversation ensues. She snatches away her hand and grabs her hair in anguish! Much flailing of the arms ensues - melodramatic acting style in full effect! Eventually he succumbs to her charms and they embrace and kiss. C/U of their passionate embrace. "And later, when fickle fortune deserts him, and Dona Sol and others have mocked his injuries in the ring, he returns to humiliate her - "
Another scene with the bull fighter this time wearing a black hat. He forces Dona Sol to get down on her knees and beg for something! He throws his hat down with bravado. She grabs his hands, he throws her backwards, she collapses on the floor. Very dramatic! He fires a pistol at the head of a bull which is mounted on the wall. Another man grabs his arm and takes him away. "The last scene, where he returns to the Bull ring Chapel from his last fight, badly injured but consoled by the love of his steadfast wife and children." L/S of the stage where his children run to greet him and his wife stands by watching. She then approaches him and they tenderly kiss. Happy ending.
Was an Eve's Film Review item - issue number unknown.
Note: Blood and Sand was staged at the New Theatre in 1921.