Television: Review

On Aug. 28, 1947, in a dusty arena in southern Spain, "the dark horn of death" seared the body of Spain's greatest matador and plunged the nation into mourning. On the basis of Playhouse 90's second-season opening, The Death of Manolete, it would be hard for most viewers to understand why all the fuss about one bullfighter. As the show's Co-Scriptwriter Barnaby Conrad has often said before, Manolete was a slight man of grace, warmth and gentle humor outside the ring; but as played by Actor Jack (Requiem for a Heavyweight) Palance, he was...

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