The spirit of the beehive

The spirit of the beehive

DVD - 2006 | Spanish | Widescreen edition
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Shortly after the Spanish Civil War, a six-year-old girl attends a traveling movie show of Frankenstein and becomes haunted by her memory of it.
Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2006]
Edition: Widescreen edition
ISBN: 9781559409810
Branch Call Number: DVD Spanish SPI
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (99 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.


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Mar 16, 2019

This is a great film: the events, imagery, and music are so fused and complementary that the qualities of oddity, some creepiness, tenderness, and nostalgia come and strongly impress themselves upon the viewer. Definitely a film to re-watch!

Jan 20, 2019

A touching movie with little dialogue about the sensitivity and imaginations of children. The child actors, especially Ana, are excellent.

Jul 27, 2018

This film is considered one of the greatest to come out of Spain, and rightly so!

A little girl becomes fascinated with "Frankenstein" after watching the movie.

Splendid cinematography with beautiful interior colors and the outside filming wonderfully captures a bleak landscape.

Last, but certainly not least, it features an unforgettable, riveting performance by six-year-old Ana Torrent.

(Second disc includes a long interview with director Erice, who speaks very articulately on various subjects).

Jul 04, 2018

Set during the Spanish Civil War, this gorgeous film concerns a young child's nascent realization that the world is not as benevolent and secure as she once thought. Her haunting fantasy world is flawlessly juxtaposed with the harsh realities of life under a totalitarian regime, the resulting contrasts form the basis for some of modern cinemas most beautiful imagery. Universal and timeless.

Jul 03, 2018

Directed by Victor Erice in 1973, this Spanish drama explores the experiences of Ana, a six-year-old girl who, obsessed with a spirit, meets a monster in the woods.
It appears like an atmospheric exploration or a sketch of a child's experience withoput detailed explanation.
You definitely need some imagination to understand this poetic movie.

Aug 01, 2017

Lyrical, beautifully shot Spanish film about 2 young girls in a remote Catalonia village. it's the rare movie that is told almost entirely from a child's point of view, but without being cutesy or sentimental. It's also the rare movie the balances a fantasy feel (The girls see "Frankenstein" and take it a little too seriously.) with darker realism, as it's set in the Franco era. American audiences may find it slow, but it's a lovely movie. You can actually see some its influence in Guillermo del Toro's "The Devil's Backbone." Directed by Victor Erice and released in 1976.

Jun 17, 2016

the girls in this film are wonderful in their roles as sisters. one of the best movies I have watched this year.

Vincent T Lombardo Aug 16, 2015

Beautifully filmed, well acted movie about the dark side of childhood. However, it moves very slowly.

alacroux May 21, 2015

Must watch...

Aug 16, 2014

The title of this film from Spain doesn't convey much. I don't know how I latched onto but it was, for me, a great find. It was 1940 and the story took place in a small farming town somewhere in Spain. Two small girls lived with their parents and one house maid, in a huge stone mansion. The small town itself has many ill-maintained buildings, which in some way gives the film character. The younger girl, 6-year old Ana, is in a sense the protagonist of the film. Good acting by all but fantastic acting by this 6-year old. The film is slow, hypnotic and you feel certain scenes are drawn out. But that the way director Victor Erice wanted it. If you are familiar with the background to the Franco era in Spain, you can probably read a lot of hidden messages throughout. I am not, but still find the film very engaging and deserving of future, repeated viewings. It is a must for serious fans of international cinema. Spanish with subtitles.

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