The Spirit of the Beehive [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1973]

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Special Features

  • The Footprints of a Spirit, a documentary featuring Director Víctor Erice, Producer Elías Querejeta, Co-screenwriter Ángel Fernández Santos, and actor Ana Torrent
  • New Interviews with scholar Linda C. Ehrlich and Actor Fernando Fernán Gómez
  • Víctor Erice in Madrid, an interview by filmmaker Hideyuki Miyaoka
  • Plus a new essay by film scholar Paul Julian Smith

Synopsis

The Spirit of the Beehive
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 Frankenstein at a local cinema. Though they can hardly understand the concept, both girls are deeply impressed with the moment when a little girl gives a flower to the monster. Isabel, the older sister, tells Ana that the monster actually exists as a spirit that you can't see unless you know how to approach him. Ana starts wandering around the countryside in search of the kind creature. The film received critical accolades for its subtle and masterful use of cinematic language and the expressive performance of the young Ana Torrent. ~ Yuri German, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Fernando Fernán Gómez
    Fernando Fernán Gómez - Fernando
  • Teresa Gimpera
    Teresa Gimpera - Teresa
  • Ana Torrent
    Ana Torrent - Ana
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    Isabel Telleria - Isabel
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    Miguel Picazo - Doctor

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