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Episode 56: The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

"I told you he was a spirit. If you're his friend, you can talk to him whenever you want. Just close your eyes and call him... It's me, Ana... It's me, Ana..."

Hailed by some as the single best movie to ever come out of Spain, The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) is the directorial debut of Victor Erice.  Inspired by James Whale's Frankenstein (1931), this isn't a horror movie, but rather the story of the imagination and curiosity of a little girl in a tiny Castilian village in the early 1940's.

Deliberately paced and beautifully photographed, The Spirit of the Beehive was the debut of child actress Ana Torrent, who is now a household name in Spain and works extensively in film and television.  Despite the film's critical success, Erice has only made three movies since, including one in 2016.

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Direct download: Episode_56_The_Spirit_of_the_Beehive_1973.mp3
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Episode 55: Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

Although he's primarily known for dark films like The Seventh Seal (1957) and Persona (1966), Ingmar Bergman skyrocketed to fame with Smiles of Summer Night (1955), a surprising quaint little farce in the nature of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Featuring a leading cast used in previous films (most notably Gunnar Bjornstrand and Eva Dahlbeck), Bergman's script explores the sexuality of a myriad of people from different social sets; of course, since this was made in 1955, the sexuality is conveyed in subtext beneath some clever dialogue and witty repartee, which is really where all the fun is in this film.  Bergman would go on to win an award for Best Poetic Humor at the Cannes Film Festival, and Swedish cinema hasn't been the same since.

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Direct download: Episode_55_Smiles_of_a_Summer_Night_1955.mp3
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Episode 54: Day for Night (1973)

"What is a film director?  A man who's asked questions about everything.  Sometimes he knows the answers."

Day for Night (1973) is probably popular in the history of cinema for creating a rift between two founders of the French New Wave, Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.  Truffaut was accused by Godard (and others) of selling out with this film, presumably by catering to the masses and also lying about his own personal life in the script.

Either way you look at it, Day for Night is not a love letter to cinema, but the procedure of creating cinema.  Told in a documentary style, it depicts the drama among the cast and crew of a typical (and not very good) movie.  It is Truffaut's comical commentary on his professional world, and remains, at its very least, a delightful little trifle of a movie.

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Direct download: Episode_54_Day_for_Night_1973.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

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