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The Spirit of the Beehive

Director Victor Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive is one of the greatest films about childhood and one of the most beautiful films ever made. In theory, it's set in Spain at the end of the Civil War. In practice, it's the world of a lonely little girl whose imagination is lit by seeing Boris Karloff in Frankenstein. When she finds a soldier in hiding, she associates him with the tragic monster and secretly helps him. This hushed, hypnotic movie of Rembrandt lighting and delicate tone got past General Franco's censors, so spellbinding and carefully framed is its comment on the grown-up world. Child actress Ana Torrent grew into a star, while Erice has made only two more features in 40 years. The McNay screens the 1973 Spanish masterpiece in conjunction with its curiously titled This Is Not a Film Series, which draws inspiration from the forthcoming exhibition “Miró: The Experience of Seeing.”

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  • McNay Art Museum

    6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

    (210) 824-5368

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