Francesco Rosi

The Moment of Truth

The Moment of Truth

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.

Film Info

  • Francesco Rosi
  • Italy
  • 1965
  • 107 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Italian
  • Spine #595

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 a new essay by critic Peter Matthews

New cover by Eric Skillman

Purchase Options

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 a new essay by critic Peter Matthews

New cover by Eric Skillman

The Moment of Truth
Cast
Miguel Mateo, “Miguelín”
Miguel, the torero
José Gomez Sevillano
Don José, the agent
Don Ernesto
Himself
Pedro Basauri, “Pedrucho”
Pedrucho, the maestro
Linda Christian
Linda, the American lady
Luque Gago
The troupe of toreros
Salvador Mateo
Manuel Ruiz Serrana
Francisco Caño
José Rodriguez Matia
Manolo Perez Moratilla
José Vizcaino
Credits
Director
Francesco Rosi
Executive producer
Angelo Rizzoli
Producer
Antonio Cervi
Producer
Francesco Rosi
Story and screenplay
Francesco Rosi
Cowriters
Pedro Portabella
Cowriters
Ricardo Muñoz Suay
Cowriters
Pedro Beltran
Cinematography
Gianni Di Venanzo
Cinematography
Aiace Parolin
Cinematography
Pasqualino De Santis
Editor
Mario Serandrei
Composer
Piero Piccioni
Production manager
Enzo Provenzale
Sound
Claudio Maielli
Sound
Mario Ronchetti

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