The Spirit of the Beehive
El espíritu de la colmena
A dazzling cinematic jewel about a family living in Franco’s Spain, and the daughter’s fateful first encounter with the movies.
Fernando Fernan Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent
Spain 1973. 98min
In rural Spain under Franco, a small girl watches James Whale’s Frankenstein shortly before encountering a fugitive soldier; the ideas growing in her lively mind stand in contrast to the listless behaviour of the adults around her. Erice – a self-confessed Bressonian since he saw A Man Escaped in the 50s – creates a world of secrets and lies with meticulously interwoven images and sounds.