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The Spirit of the Beehive


Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería View All


Víctor Erice (Director), Francisco J. Querejeta (Screenplay), Ángel Fernández Santos (Screenplay) View All

Release: Jan. 1st, 1973
Runtime: 1 hour, 37 minutes
In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Ana, a sensitive seven-year-old girl in a rural Spanish hamlet is traumatized after a traveling projectionist screens a print of James Whale's 1931 "Frankenstein" for the village. The youngster is profoundly disturbed by the scenes in which the monster murders the little girl and is later killed himself by the villagers. She questions her sister about the profundities of life and death and believes her...
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Presumably Erice is saying that the family, just like any other family in Spain at this time are trapped like worker bees in a futile existence as the political regime of the time tightens it's grip on ordinary people.


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