Cinema: Spanish Passion

The Moment of Truth, made in Spain with an Italian-language sound track, charts the rise and fall of a great bullfighter in terms of bitter economic necessity. The hero is played by Spanish Matador Miguel Mateo, 26, known to aficionados as Miguelin, who gives the role a surly, feverish immediacy that sometimes lacks subtlety but never lacks sting. The quasi-fictional Miguelin has no dream of glory at the outset. A spunky, mop-topped Andalusian peasant, he flees the arduous life on his father's farm, drifts into that gypsy band of hot-eyed hopefuls who haunt every Spanish bull ring, courting fame with a...

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