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THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE [El espíritu de la colmena]

THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE [El espíritu de la colmena]

Víctor Eric · Spain · 1973 · 99 mins · NR · Spanish with English subtitles
AwardsIMDbMetaCritic 87Rotten Tomatoes 96%

CELEBRATING THE 200th ANNIVERSARY OF MARY SHELLEY'S ‘FRANKENSTEIN’ IN CONJUNCTION WITH UVIC’S “FRANKENWEEK”

Víctor Erice’s spellbinding The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena) is widely regarded as the greatest Spanish film of the 1970s. In a small Castilian village in 1940, in the wake of the country’s devastating civil war, six-year-old Ana attends a traveling movie show of Frankenstein and becomes possessed by the memory of it. Produced as Franco’s long regime was nearing its end, The Spirit of the Beehive is a bewitching portrait of a child’s haunted inner life and one of the most visually arresting movies ever made.  
Criterion Collection

“A modest marvel of grace and framing that unfolds with the patience of a cloud and is driven more by wonder than pure emotion.”
–Boston Globe
“Those who haven’t seen it since the ’70s may find themselves amazed all over again by its lyrical potency and grace.” –Detroit Free Press
“Sweeps you into its quiet world.” –Seattle Times
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