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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.

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Special Features 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

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CC351 Spirit of the Beehive DVD (1973/Victor Erice) $35.99