Blood and Sand
Juan is the son of a poor widow in Seville. Against his mother's wishes he pursues a career as toreador. He rapidly gains national prominence, and takes his childhood sweetheart Carmen as his bride. He meets the Marquis' daughter Dona Sol, and finds himself in the awkward position of being in love with two women, which threatens the stability of his family and his position in society. He finds interesting parallels in the life of the infamous bandit Plumitas when they eventually meet by chance.
I'm beginning to think that silent films that aren't comedies are just a giant joke on me.
Solidly done, sometimes edgy and with terrific performances...but I confess, I had a hard time staying interested. I'm tempted to say it needed Louise Brooks, but that's my default reaction to every silent film I've seen since I first saw Pandora's Box a couple of years ago.