Overview

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.

  1. Ángel Fernández Santos

    Screenplay

  2. Francisco J. Querejeta

    Screenplay

  3. Víctor Erice

    Director

Top Billed Cast

  1. Fernando Fernán Gómez

    Fernando Fernán Gómez

    Fernando

  2. Teresa Gimpera

    Teresa Gimpera

    Teresa

  3. Ana Torrent

    Ana Torrent

    Ana

  4. Isabel Tellería

    Isabel

  5. Laly Soldevila

    Laly Soldevila

    Doña Lucía

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Facts

Original Title El espíritu de la colmena

Status Released

Release Information

  • October 8, 1973
    Theatrical

    Meaning

Original Language Spanish; Castilian

Runtime 1h 37m

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