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The Moment of Truth (Il momento della verità), from director Francesco Rosi, is a visceral plunge into the life of a famous torero—played by real-life bullfighting legend Miguel Mateo, known as Miguelín. Charting his rise and fall with a single-minded focus on the bloody business at hand, the film is at once gritty and operatic, placing the viewer right in the thick of the ring’s action, as close to death as possible. Like all of the great Italian truth seeker’s films, this is not just an electrifying drama but also a profound and moving inquiry into a violent world—and it’s perhaps the greatest bullfighting movie ever made.

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Special Features New high-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) Exclusive interview with director Francesco Rosi from 2004 New English subtitle translation PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Peter Matthews

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CC595 Moment of Truth DVD (1965/Francesco Rosi) $19.95