Hot Blood

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While admittedly far from being one of Ray's best films, his tale of the stormy courtship of Wilde and Russell - gypsies from rival tribes introduced to one another by their parents for an arranged marriage which obeys the laws not only of tradition but financial enterprise - is fascinating both for its mise-en-scène and as an example of the director's interest in ethnology. Indeed, the two elements combine to create a boldly flamboyant celebration of ritual, the gypsies' love of music, dance and colourful costumes allowing Ray to transform a potentially clichéd romantic sparring session into lurid, restless images often strangely reminiscent of the musical. An oddity, then, but one distinguished by Ray's characteristic refusal to patronise or glamorise his characters.

By: GA

Release details

Duration: 84 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Nicholas Ray
Screenwriter: Jesse L Lasky Jr
Cast: Jane Russell
Cornel Wilde
Luther Adler
Joseph Calleia
Nina Koshetz
Helen Westcott
Mikhail Rasumny