The Spirit of the Beehive

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The Spirit of the Beehive

beehive baby-snatching spanish civil war

The Spirit of the Beehive

Release Date: October 08, 1973

Year    :   1973
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Genres    :   Drama, Fantasy
Production Companies    :   Elías Querejeta Producciones Cinematográficas S.L., Jacel Desposito
Director    :   Víctor Erice
Producers    :   Elías Querejeta
Writers    :   Francisco J. Querejeta, Ángel Fernández Santos
RunTime    :   97 mins.

In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Ana, a sensitive seven-year-old girl in a rural Spanish hamlet is traumatized after a traveling projectionist screens a print of James Whale's 1931 "Frankenstein" for the village. The youngster is profoundly disturbed by the scenes in which the monster murders the little girl and is later killed himself by the villagers. She questions her sister about the profundities of life and death and believes her older sibling when she tells her that the monster is not dead, but exists as a spirit inhabiting a nearby barn. When a Loyalist soldier, a fugitive from Franco's victorious army, hides out in the barn, Ana crosses from reality into a fantasy world of her own.

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