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Clip from Pedro Almodóvar's Matador (1986). This scene is taken from the opening credits and features Nacho Martínez (aka Diego Montez) attempting to reach... matador (n.) the slayer of the bull in a bull-fight, 1670s, from Spanish matador, literally killer, from matar to kill, which is of uncertain origin. Probably from Latin mactāre to kill, originally to honor by sacrifice, but this presents phonetic difficulties: the regular evolution of this Latin base would have yielded *meitar in Portuguese and *mechar in Spanish [Eva Núñez