The Spirit of the Beehive

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.

Credits: TheMovieDb.

Film Cast:

  • Fernando: Fernando Fernán Gómez
  • Teresa: Teresa Gimpera
  • Ana: Ana Torrent
  • Isabel: Isabel Tellería
  • Doña Lucía: Laly Soldevila
  • Médico: Miguel Picazo
  • Frankenstein: José Villasante
  • Fugitivo: Juan Margallo

Film Crew:

  • Producer: Elías Querejeta
  • Costume Design: Peris
  • Set Decoration: Adolfo Cofiño
  • Editor: Pablo G. del Amo
  • Director: Víctor Erice
  • Screenplay: Francisco J. Querejeta
  • Original Music Composer: Luis de Pablo
  • Director of Photography: Luis Cuadrado
  • Art Direction: Jaime Chávarri
  • Screenplay: Ángel Fernández Santos
  • Makeup Artist: Ramón de Diego
  • Sound Effects: Luis Castro
  • Sound Effects: Jean-Michel Sire
  • Sound: Luis Rodríguez
  • Visual Effects: Pablo Núñez

Movie Reviews:

  • Andres Gomez: Good movie about children’s world and believes with magnificent Fernando Fernán Gómez and really good performance from Ana Torrent.

    The script is *really* good and depicts pretty well a stage in Spanish countryside life after the civil war.

    A must to be seen.

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