The Spirit of the Beehive (El Espíritu de la colmena) (1973)
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Widely regarded as a masterpiece of Spanish cinema, this allegorical tale is set in a remote village in the 1940s. The life in the village is calm and uneventful -- an allegory of Spanish life after General Franco's victory in the Spanish Civil War. While their father (Fernando Fernán Gómez) studies bees in his beehive and their mother (Teresa Gimpera) writes letters to a non-existent correspondent, two young girls, Ana (Ana Torrent) and Isabel (Isabel Telleria), go to see James Whale's
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It's a film that transports us back not just to the sights and sounds of childhood but to a core of sweet innocence and sometimes ignorant bliss.
This is a modest marvel of grace and framing that unfolds with the patience of a cloud and is driven more by wonder than pure emotion.
Those who haven't seen it since the '70s may find themselves amazed all over again by its lyrical potency and grace; those who have never seen it may wonder how it can be that a film this great isn't shown somewhere all the time.
Screening in a new print so pristine you forget that this film is 33 years old, Spirit of the Beehive sweeps you into its quiet world.
Takes place at the particular intersection of reality and fantasy defined by youthful moviegoing.
Ana Torrent gives perhaps the greatest child performance of all time.
Lyrical and magestic, Erice's film is one of the most compelling fables about haunted childhood.
A most exceptional vision of the inner life of a child just learning about the darker complexities of life.
...a graceful, lyrical masterpiece wound around one of the most natural and engrossing performances by a child actor we've ever seen.
A haunting, atmospheric film that focuses on a young girl's obsession with the Frankenstein monster.
Erice meant his film as a sly social commentary, but his opinions are so well enveloped in the film's dreamy coming-of-age tapestry that moviegoers worldwide (especially younger ones) have embraced it.
Ana's fearful, credulous eyes are as wide as the flat Castilian horizon, striated by clouds and railroad tracks, which reach beyond the known world.
Every magic hour, light-drenched image in Victor Erice's Spirit of the Beehive is filled with mysterious dread.
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