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3.5
14 Ratings

The Beehive

La colmena

Directed by Mario Camus
Spain, 1982
Drama

Synopsis

Based on a 1943 book of the same title by Camilo José Cela, Colmena features the comings and goings of a wide variety of characters, all trying to survive in a poverty-stricken Madrid during World War II.

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The Beehive Directed by Mario Camus

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  • Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film The Beehive

    Downbeat vignettes, sprinkled with gallows humor, following desperate characters through WWII Madrid. Adroitly keeps its huge cast and dozens of scenes from running into chaos - usually this sort of film has me annoyed at being unable to figure out who's who, what's going on - even if it necessarily whittles much of the sprawl from Cela's novel. The novelist himself appears in a cameo as "the man who invents words."