movie film review | chris tookey

Spirit Of The Beehive / El Espiritu De La Colmene

© Unknown - all rights reserved
  Spirit Of The Beehive  / El Espiritu De La Colmene Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
7.55 /10
Ana Torrent, Isabel Telleria, Fernando Fernan Gomez
Full Cast >

Directed by: Victor Erice
Written by: Francisco J Querejeta, Victor Erice, Angel Fernandez Santos

Released: 1973
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: Spain
Colour: C
Length: 98

Two small children in 1940s Spain , Ana and Theresa, watch Frankenstein on a travelling cinema screen, and this infuses their fantasy life, so that they imagine there might be some monster in a remote farm house nearby.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

Bookmark and Share

The plot may be reminiscent of Bryan Forbes’s Whistle Down The Wind (the ‘monster’ turns pout to be an army deserter), but the treatment here is far more poetic. Erice’s lyricism more than compensates for the very slow pace.

Key to Symbols