The Spirit of the Beehive The Spirit of the Beehive

The Spirit of the Beehive

Víctor Erice

 
The Spirit of the Beehive (Criterion DVD)
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  • Spain
  • 1973
  • 99 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Spanish
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  • Spine #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.

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • The Footprints of a Spirit, a documentary featuring director Víctor Erice, producer Elías Querejeta, coscreenwriter Ángel Fernández-Santos, and actor Ana Torrent
  • Víctor Erice in Madrid, an interview with the director
  • Interview with film scholar Linda Ehrlich
  • Interview with actor Fernando Fernán Gómez
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: a new essay by film scholar Paul Julian Smith

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

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The Spirit of the Beehive: Spanish Lessons

By Paul Julian Smith September 18, 2006

Released in 1973, in the dying days of General Franco’s forty-year dictatorship, The Spirit of the Beehive soon established itself as the consummate masterpiece of Spanish cinema. Yet, . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

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The Spirit of the Beehive: Spanish Lessons

By Paul Julian Smith September 18, 2006

Released in 1973, in the dying days of General Franco’s forty-year dictatorship, The Spirit of the Beehive soon established itself as the consummate masterpiece of Spanish cinema. Yet, . . . Read more »

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