The Spirit of the Beehive

The Spirit of the Beehive

Criterion Collection Edition #351

Criterion is proud to present Víctor Erice’s spellbinding THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE (El espíritu de la colmena), widely regarded as the greatest Spanish film of the 1970s. In a small Castilian village in 1940, in the wake of the country’s devastating civil war, six-year-old Ana attends a traveling movie show of Frankenstein and becomes possessed by the memory of it. Produced as Franco’s long regime was nearing its end, THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE is a bewitching portrait of a child’s haunted inner life and one of the most visually arresting movies ever made.

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The Spirit of the Beehive
  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    Directed by Víctor Erice • 1973 • Spain

    Criterion is proud to present Víctor Erice's spellbinding THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE (El espíritu de la colmena), widely regarded as the greatest Spanish film of the 1970s. In a small Castilian village in 1940, in the wake of the country's devastating civil...

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