The Spirit of the Beehive Movie Review Summary

Actors: Ana Torrent, Teresa Gimpera, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Isabel Tellería

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This movie was co-written and directed by the Spanish director Víctor Erice in 1973.
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The setting is a small town in Spain in 1940. Ana, six years old, and her sister Isabel attend the projection of the movie "Frankenstein" at the town hall. Ana is very impressed by the film and badgers so much her sister with her questions that Isabel finally tells her that it's possible to see the monster of Frankenstein in an abandoned farm close to the village. The following days, Ana goes secretly to the farm on several occasions and eventually discovers there a man searched by the police force.

Ana brings food to the man and recreates with him the scene between the monster of Frankenstein and the small girl she had seen in the movie. The man is finally killed by the police officers of the village and Ana flees from home. Wishing to die, she eats a mushroom which her father had said to be poisonous. The mushroom contains a hallucinogenic substance and Ana starts to dream of the monster of Frankenstein.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of The Spirit of the Beehive

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Kids:    -   general coming of age story Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   a dream Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   criminals (shown sympathetically) on the run Age group    -   trouble in grade school

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Spain Prairie?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   None

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