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The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) Poster

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Cinematographer Luis Cuadrado was going blind at the time this film was made. An assistant would take Polaroids of the scenes and Cuadrado would direct the lighting by looking through a magnifying glass at these pictures. In 1980 Cuadrado committed suicide after he went completely blind and the tumor in his brain became too painful to face.
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There is a total of exactly 1000 shots in the film. Exactly 500 are inside, and exactly 500 are outside.
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According to Víctor Erice, Ana Torrent, who was six years old at the time of the shooting, believed the Frankenstein monster existed in reality. The first time she saw the actor playing the monster in full makeup, she was completely terrified and later she asked him why he had killed the little girl (in the Frankenstein (1931) movie). The actor didn't know what to answer.
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There is no shot of all the family in a single frame in the entire film: even in the dinner-table scene, the actors are shown separately.
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Voted third best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 Spanish cinema centenary.
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The deserted building next to the well was actually an abandoned sheep-shed.
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Ranked number 27 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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The film takes place in 1940.
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #351.
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