Director: Victor Erice
Cinematographer: Luis Cuadrado
Cuadrado was already going blind during The Spirit of the Beehive‘s production. Cuadrado, along with Nestor Almendros, is considered to be one of the greatest Spanish cinematographers who astounded audiences around the world with their breathtaking visions. Both Cuadrado and Almendros went blind later in their careers. Both also died under tragic circumstances; Almendros succumbed to AIDS, and Cuadrado committed suicide. But their works will continue to inspire audiences and filmmakers alike.
The Spirit of the Beehive is one of the most astonishing films I’ve ever seen; thanks to Erice’s flawless storytelling, Ana Torrent’s raw but engaging performance, and Cuadrado’s splendid photography.
Wow. Just wow.