I've been watching The Spirit of the Beehive regularly in order to fall asleep. Not every night, but on nights when I am too tired to read or watch something new but not quite tired enough to close my eyes right away. I've watched the film 3 or 4 times now all the way through, but I don't log it because I haven't really watched the whole thing - I usually fall asleep after twenty minutes or so, either turning…
Memory and cinema are inextricably linked. Film is a form of memory; just as the light that reaches us in the sky may come from a star long-since dead, the light that hits film comes from a moment long-since past. As a movie watcher who spends most of my time watching non-contemporary movies, I think about this a lot. Save for painting, which is inevitably subjective, we will never know what an average street scene in New York looked like…
I was struck this time but how many of Resnais later themes are baked in here, and how much the film explores the idea of doomed love as metaphor for the unknowable tragedy of history.
The use of modern architecture in Hiroshima is done with such awareness of its significance and artistic intention, something made even more evident by the juxtaposition of the buildings (and windows) of Nevers in the flashbacks.
Of any of the debuts of filmmakers directly or tangentially associated with the New Wave, I think this is the best and most assured.