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Sunday 1st February 5:30 PM

The Spirit of the Beehive (El espiritu de la Colmena)

Director: Victor Erice Country: Spain
Cert: PG Year: 1973 Length: 98 mins Language: Spanish

Audience Reaction

Score: 63.27% Attendance: 85


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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


open_quote It is one of the most beautiful and arresting films ever made in Spain, or anywhere in the past 25 years or so close_quote Derek Malcolm

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