• Beehive_large

    Released in 1973, near the end of General Franco’s military dictatorship, Víctor Erice’s strikingly poetic first film, The Spirit of the Beehive, reflects on the earliest days of the regime, depicting the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in an isolated Castilian village through the wide eyes of a taciturn six-year-old named Ana. In the latest installment of Observations on Film Art, a Criterion Channel original program that focuses on great auteurs’ mastery of the formal elements of cinema, film-studies scholar Kristin Thompson examines Erice’s adoption of a child’s point of view in telling his elliptical fable about the traumas of war. The below excerpt from the episode finds Thompson contrasting other art films’ use of children as sympathetic focal points with Erice’s less common choice of employing the technique to emphasize the horrors and mysteries of the adult world.


3 comments

  • By deckard
    March 30, 2017
    02:56 PM

    I have been wanting and waiting for this film to drop VIA Criterion since the dawn of blu ray. Please, PAH-LEEEESE announce this soon.
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  • By Monty B.
    March 31, 2017
    04:12 PM

    This and PANDORA'S BOX are in need of 4K (or even 2K) restorations and blu ray releases! Streaming is not good enough for these two great films. A true HD transfer onto a solid disc without all the compression streaming must use.
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    • By deckard
      April 02, 2017
      03:12 AM

      I 2nd, 3rd, and 4th this.