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6574SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE* (EL ESPIRITU DE LA COLMENA)SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE* (EL ESPRITU DE LA COLMENA)1973color93 minvhs (Directed by Victor Erice; with Ana Torrent, Isabel Telleria, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Teresa Gimpera, Jose Villasante) Set in rural Spain in 1940, this is a haunting portrait of the isolation of an introverted child within her own family. Ana Torrent is the lonely little girl who sees Boris Karloff's Frankenstein, and is convinced that the monster actually exists. Encouraged by her sister, she sets off into the woods to find him. As her obsession intensifies, the barrier between reality and hallucination gradually dissolves, and she becomes immersed in a mysterious and poetic imaginary world. A poignant exploration of the fragile innocences of childhood, or a thoughtful commentary on the tragedy of Spain's Civil War, on whatever level one perceives it, it presents the best of Spanish cinema. (Donated by the Center for Western European Studies) (In Spanish with English subtitles) (Restricted to use by institutions of learning within the State of Washington only)