Wednesday, December 4, 2013

From El espíritu de la colmena

[An interior, from El espíritu de la colmena. Click for a larger view.]

With Vermeer in the air, in the air, I thought it fitting to post an image that I’ve been saving for close to a year.

El espíritu de la colmena [The spirit of the beehive] (dir. Victor Erice, 1973) is a beautiful film. Like The Night of the Hunter (dir. Charles Laughton, 1955), it dwells on a magical and frightening world of childhood. Laughton’s film looks and feels like a dream. Erice’s looks and feels like paintings. See above.

The film is available from — who else? — The Criterion Collection.

[Thanks to Sean at Contrapuntalism for the first Vermeer link.]

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