Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, 1973)

el Espíritu de la colmena
SP, 95 min


Set in the wake of the Spain’s devastating civil war. After a screening of the original Frankenstein in a remote Castilian village, a thoughtful little girl goes in search of the monster. She comes upon a lot more, though; some of it monstrous, some not.

Widely regarded as the greatest Spanish film of the 1970s. Produced as Franco’s long regime was nearing its end, The Spirit of the Beehive is a spellbinding portrait of a child’s haunted inner life and one of the most visually arresting movies ever made.




the Proposition (John Hillcoat, 2005)

AU/UK, 104 min


a follow-up: another john hillcoat/nick cave collaboration
(still scored with cave-music, fuckyes)
obviously they cast ray winstone just for me
the violence is masterful, while not overdone