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The film was Erice's debut and is considered a masterpiece of Spanish cinema. The film focuses on the young girl Ana and her fascination with the American horror film Frankensteinas well as exploring her family life and schooling. Six-year-old Ana is a shy girl who lives in the manor house in an isolated Spanish village on the Castilian plateau with her parents Fernando and Teresa and her older sister, Isabel. The year isand the civil war has just ended with the Francoist victory over the Republican forces.
Her aging father spends most of his time absorbed in tending to and writing about his beehives; her much younger mother is caught up in daydreams This Is Hell - Airship - Spirit Of The Beehive a distant lover, to whom she writes letters. Ana's closest companion is Isabel, who loves her but cannot resist playing on her little sister's gullibility. A mobile cinema brings Frankenstein to the village and the two sisters go to see it.
The film makes a deep impression on Ana, in particular, the scene where the monster plays benignly with a little girl, then accidentally kills her. She asks her sister: "Why did he kill the girl, and why did they kill him after that?
Isabel says the monster is like a spirit, and Ana can talk to him if she closes her eyes and calls him. Ana's fascination with the story increases when Isabel takes her to a desolate sheepfoldwhich she claims is the monster's house. Ana returns alone several times to look for him and eventually discovers a wounded republican soldier hiding in the sheepfold.
Instead of running away, she This Is Hell - Airship - Spirit Of The Beehive him and even brings him her father's coat and watch. One night the Francoist police come and find the republican soldier and shoot him. The police soon connect Ana's father with the fugitive and assume he stole the items from him.
The father discovers which of the daughters had helped the fugitive by noticing Ana's reaction when he produces the pocket watch. When Ana next goes to visit the soldier, she finds him gone, with blood stains still on the ground.
Her father confronts her, and she runs away. Ana's family and the other villagers search for her all night, mirroring a scene from Frankenstein. While she kneels next to a lake, she sees Frankenstein's monster approaching from the forest and kneeling beside her.
The next day, they find Ana physically unharmed. The doctor assures her mother that she will gradually This Is Hell - Airship - Spirit Of The Beehive from her unspecified "trauma," but Ana instead withdraws from her family, preferring to stand alone by the window and silently call to the spirit, just as Isabel told her to.
Francisco Franco came to power in Spain inafter a bloody civil war that overthrew a leftist government. The war split families and left a society divided and intimidated into silence in the years following the civil war. The film was made inwhen the Francoist State was not as severe as it had been at the beginning; however, it was still not possible to be openly critical of the Francoist State.
Artists in all media in Spain had already managed to slip material critical of Francoist Spain past the censor. By making films rich in symbolism and subtlety, a message could be embodied in a film that would be accepted or missed by the censor's office. The film is rife with symbolism Im Nice - Various - Opportunity Knox Volume 1 the disintegration of the family's emotional life can be seen as symbolic of the emotional disintegration of the Spanish nation during the civil war.
The barren empty landscapes around the sheepfold have been seen as representing Spain's isolation during the beginning years of the Francoist State. In the film, Fernando describes in writing his revulsion at the mindless activity of the beehive.
This is possibly This Is Hell - Airship - Spirit Of The Beehive allusion to human society under Francoism: ordered, organised, but devoid of any imagination.
The four main characters each have a first name identical to that of the actor playing them. This is because Ana, at her young age of seven at the time of filming was confused by the on- and off-screen naming.
Erice simply changed the script to adopt the actors' names for the characters. It is taken from a book, in my opinion the most beautiful thing ever written about the life of bees, written by the great poet and playwright Maurice Maeterlinck.
In that work, Maeterlinck uses the expression 'The Spirit of the Beehive' to name the powerful, enigmatic and paradoxical force that the bees seem to obey, and that the reason of man has never come to understand. According to the DVD supplement "Footprints of a Spirit" in the Criterion Collection's presentation of The Spirit of the Beehivewhen the film was awarded first prize at the prestigious San Sebastian Film Festival, there were boos of derision and some people stomped their feet in protest.
The film's producer said many in the audience offered him their condolences after the first screening in late Years later, when the film was re-released in the United States in early Αλκυονίδες Μέρες - Αλκυονίδες Μέρες, A. Scottfilm critic for The New York Timesreviewed it and lauded the direction of the drama, writing: "The story that emerges from [Erice's] lovely, lovingly considered images is at once lucid and enigmatic, poised between adult longing and childlike eagerness, sorrowful knowledge and startled innocence.
Film critic Dan Callahan praised the film's cinematography, story, direction and acting. He wrote, "Every magic hour, light-drenched image in Victor Erice's The Spirit of the Beehive is filled with mysterious dread There's something voluptuous about the cinematography, and this suits the sense of emerging sexuality in the girls, especially in the scene where Isabel speculatively paints her lips with blood from her own finger The one time she smiles, it's like a small miracle, a glimpse of grace amid the uneasiness of black cats, hurtling black trains, devouring fire and poisonous mushrooms.
These signs of dismay haunt the movie. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Spirit of the Beehive Spanish theatrical release poster. Foreign Films, film review and analysis of The Spirit of the Beehive, pp.
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