The Spirit of the Beehive

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Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present The Spirit of the Beehive at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332, www.ashevillecourtyard.com
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Genre: Allegorical Drama
Director: Víctor Erice
Starring: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería
Rated: NR

The next of World Cinema’s Halloween-ish offerings is The Spirit of the Beehive, which I wrote about only a few months ago—“Friends have tried to get me to watch Víctor Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) for ages. One even sent me a copy, but I never got around to actually watching it, so I was glad to be forced into it by this screening. The upshot of my viewing, however, is a sense of a movie that I admired much more than I actually liked. And I’m not sure why. It is, after all, the story of the impact a traveling movie show has on a young girl, Ana (Ana Torrent), when it brings James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931) to her little Spanish town in 1940.” Read my original review here: www.mountainx.com/movies/review/spirit_of_the_beehive

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About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress since December 2000. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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