Frankenstein: Afterlives - Spirit of the Beehive

12/27/2018; 40 minutes

Marsha Kinder, Professor of Cinematic Arts at USC, joins moderator Cristina Venegas, Professor of Film and Media Studies at UCSB, for a discussion of Víctor Erice's 1973 directorial debut, The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena). Their conversation addresses the significance of Spirit of the Beehive in terms of the history of Spanish cinema, and particularly its production at the end of the Franco Era in Spain and its setting at the end of the Spanish Civil War. Part of the Carsey-Wolf Center's Frankenstein: Afterlives series, Kinder also addresses the significance of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as an influence for the film, as well as Whale's 1931 film Frankenstein, which appears and motivates characters in Erice's Film. This discussion situates Spirit of the Beehive in the history of Spanish dictatorship and as an allegory for life under fascism.
Recorded on 11/08/2018.

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