The Spirit of the Beehive The Spirit of the Beehive

The Spirit of the Beehive

Víctor Erice

 
The Spirit of the Beehive (Criterion DVD)

DVD

2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

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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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Guillermo del Toro’s Guide to the Collection

February 12, 2018

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro shares heartfelt appreciations for eleven of his favorite films in the collection. Read more »


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On the Channel: The Child’s Point of View in The Spirit of the Beehive

March 30, 2017

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, . . . Read more »


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The Inspiring Work of the Ghetto Film School

May 25, 2016

For the past ten years, we’ve been proudly welcoming the students of Ghetto Film School—a Bronx-based program dedicated to educating and inspiring a new generation of artists and storytellers— . . . 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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