El espíritu de la colmena/The Spirit of the Beehive (Víctor Erice, 1973)
To Kill a Mockingbird as neglected intertext
in Spanish cinema 1973–2010
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Regarded universally as a classic of Spanish arthouse cinema, El espíritu de la colmena/The Spirit of the Beehive has attracted a wealth of critical attention which has focused on political, historical, psychological and formal aspects of Víctor Erice's co-authored film-text. Although many have explored the manifold intertextuality of The Spirit of the Beehive, no one has identified the literary and film versions of To Kill a Mockingbird as intertexts of Erice's film. This chapter shows that a number of commonalities can be established between To Kill a Mockingbird and The Spirit of the Beehive, starting at the levels of narrative composition and genre and crystallising in a number of musical and visual motifs of which the most significant by far is the figure of the monster. It also suggests a strong family resemblance between The Spirit of the Beehive and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Spanish cinema 1973–2010

Auteurism, politics, landscape and memory


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