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The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Spain 97m, Colour
Director: Víctor Erice; Cast: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería

The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)Too young to separate fact from fiction, six-year-old Ana is fascinated by Frankenstein’s monster when she sees James Whale’s 1931 horror movie. Perplexed as to why the monster would kill the little girl, Ana retreats into her imagination to make sense of what she saw. As a film within a film, the Frankenstein story is a metaphor for an underlying commentary on the Spanish Civil War and the suffering of the country under Franco’s dictatorship. A beautiful looking production with a melancholic mood, it is no surprise that this film was influential to director Guillermo del Toro, who said in a 2006 interview that “Spirit of the Beehive is one of those seminal movies that seeped into my very soul” (Klaus Ming May 2016).


4 comments on “The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

  1. Joachim Boaz

    I certainly enjoyed this one 🙂 And how restrained it was…

    • Klaus

      “Restrained” is a good description of this film – which in some part, I guess, had to do with the political climate in Spain at the time.

  2. SJHoneywell

    I enjoyed this one a lot. I think it’s influence is clear on del Toro’s films–especially The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth.

    • Klaus

      I think that I appreciated it more than enjoyed it. I also had not known of del Toro’s quote until after viewing the film and doing a little reading up on it. it also put in me in mind of some of Terrence Malick’s films.

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