The Spirit of
the Beehive is a film that goes against the standard guidelines
of traditional narrative and becomes a cinematic experience.
A journey to capture the rhythm of a moment and the essence
of the characters inner feelings and emotions. The imagery of
the film is among the most breathtaking ever shown on film.
The film is able to tell its story and feelings through images
(the beautiful use of yellow lighting, symbolic imagery, detailed
and precise expressive compositions). Through a collection of
images life and cinema connect to create a magical world of
beauty and poetry. The earliest core of The Sprit of the Beehive
lies in the images of James Whales 1931 classic Frankenstein
(particularly the scene with the little girls picking flowers).
Everything is shown through the eyes of a child as the film
becomes a journey of growth and life experience and of childhood
memories. The heart and soul of the film is that of the childs
gaze of cinema profoundly lasting images. It is the discovery
of cinema and how one experiences and reacts to cinematic images.
By placing the eyes on the Don Jose mannequin (a figure similarly
created like Frankenstein), Ana is discovering a vision and
a spirit within herself, one of imagination, and above all a
spirit of faith. Ultimately The Spirit of the Beehive unlocks
the door to dreams and endless imagination as dreams and reality
become the emotional essence. Though time is significant in
both history and setting (the 1940s- post civil war Spain) as
well as the release of the film, there is a transcendence and
universal emotion that makes it timeless. The Spirit of the
Beehive is a lyrical film of feeling and atmosphere through
visual images, this is a poetic masterpiece of cinema to celebrate
and among my all-time favorite films.