The Spirit of the Beehive (El espiritu de la Colmena)
Cert: PG Year: 1973 Length: 98 mins Language: Spanish
Rural Spain 1940: Victor Erice's extraordinary debut film is the haunting portrait of an introverted child (Ana Torrent is unforgettable) who sees James Whale�s 1931 classic, Frankenstein. Fascinated, and encouraged by her sister, she searches the woods for the monster, becoming immersed in a mysterious, poetic, imaginary world. A poignant exploration of the fragile innocence of childhood, The Spirit of the Beehive is Spanish cinema at its very best. While references to fascism and politics are mainly allegorical - Franco still ruled in 1973 - it captures the frustration, fears and uncertainty within the family in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Golden Seashell (Erice) - San Sebastián International Film Festival 1973
It is one of the most beautiful and arresting films ever made in Spain, or anywhere in the past 25 years or so
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