The Spirit of the Bee – Review

The Spirit of the Bee – Review
The Spirit of the Bee – Review

Sui generis directorial figure of world cinema with only two fiction films (he is now preparing his third after… 40 whole years), the Victor Erithe debuted two years before the end of the dictator Franco and Francoism with a evocatively allegorical fantasy: in 1940, “Frankenstein” with Boris Karloff was screened in a Castilian village. His figure ignites the imagination of seven-year-old Ana, who will find a wounded rebel in an isolated farmhouse.

Dream and reality, cinema and real life, innocence and blind violence meet in a mystical coming-of-age filmwhich treads with both its feet on solid historical and cinematic ground. Filled with symbols that refer to Frankish Spain, psychoanalytic references and cinephile references, it takes us to the center of a fascinating labyrinth of ideas and emotions. Adhering to a slow, ritualistic narrative tempo, it conveys an otherworldly feel and modernizes the concept of the cinematic fairy tale in multiple and profound ways (greatest influence on “Pana’s Labyrinth”).

Spain. 1973. Duration: 98′. Distribution: CAROUSEL FILMS

The Spirit of the Bee

El Espiritu de la Colmena / The Spirit of the Beehive

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In 1940, “Frankenstein” with Boris Karloff was screened in a Castilian village. His figure ignites the imagination of seven-year-old Ana, who will find a wounded rebel in an isolated farmhouse.

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