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FILM AND FRANCO | The Spirit of the Beehive / El espíritu de la colmena (NR, 1973)
April 27 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDTFree – $5
This spring the Meadows Museum is proud to collaborate with Dallas Film to present a series of films that address the effects of Franco’s dictatorship. Each of these in-person screenings includes a brief talk to introduce the film and relate it to themes in the museum’s current exhibition, In the Shadow of Dictatorship: Creating the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art.
The Spirit of the Beehive is 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 where she sees the film 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.