The Spirit of the Beehive

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The Spirit of the Beehive
El espiritu de la colmena | Victor Erice, 1973
Spain | Spanish | 97 minutes

Erice’s enchanting story of innocence centers on a small-town girl’s oasis of quiet wonder and imagination in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. After a community screening of Frankenstein, a girl (Ana Torrent) finds the outcast monster’s real-life counterpart in a political fugitive. Luminously shot by frequent Saura DP Luis Cuadrado and suffused with an autumnal grace, the classic would be one of only three features directed by Erice. With Fernando Fernán Gomez as her father and the beautiful Teresa Gimpera as her mysteriously letter-writing mother.

Series: Janus Films Classics

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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