Victor Erice

"The sole complaint one can make against Victor Erice is actually a high compliment: the man simply doesn't work often enough. From his epochal start more than thirty years ago, Erice has made a grand total of three features, each a pensive, richly suggestive masterpiece." - Jessica Winter (The Rough Guide to Film, 2007)

Victor Erice

Director / Screenwriter
(1940- ) Born June 30, Karrantza, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain
Top 250 Directors

Key Production Country: Spain
Key Genres: Drama, Psychological Drama, Short Film, Childhood Drama, Documentary
Key Collaborators: Elías Querejeta (Producer), Pablo G. del Amo (Editor)

"Erice's career as a director bears a resemblance to that of the late Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer: he directs features about once a decade, each graced with a sublime and meditative quality." - The Film Encyclopedia, 2012
"When his first feature film was released in 1973, The Spirit of the Beehive created a sensation among Spanish audiences and intellectuals. Erice was highly touted as a leader among Spain's newer young, intellectual filmmakers, including Alvaro del Amo and Jaime Chavarri... Among other Spanish filmmakers, Erice has the reputation of a loner. He is the most secretive of film directors. He may work in publicity and TV commercials, but demands absolute privacy concerning his personal and professional life." - Ronald Schwartz (Spanish Film Directors 1950-1985, 1986)
"Although Victor Erice has completed few films, he is one of the most distinctive artists working in the medium today. A former critic, he won international acclaim with his first feature The Spirit of the Beehive (1973), an elliptical, densely allusive work about a small girl growing up in rural Spain just after the Civil War... Sadly, several Erice projects have never been filmed." - Geoff Andrew (501 Movie Directors, 2007)
"Downbeat and emotionally subtle Spanish director of such luminous masterpieces as The Spirit of the Beehive (1973), El Sur (1983) and that punctilious and absorbing paean to artistic creation, The Quince Tree Sun (1992), Erice has stayed resolutely clear of Hollywood and its manifold temptations, and seems content to turn out roughly one exquisite and well-thought out film each decade. His philosophically inclined filmic meditations move slowly, but reward those with patience enough to follow them through to completion." - Mario Reading (The Movie Companion, 2006)
"Victor Erice is recognised as one of the most distinguished but least prolific of film directors, having made only three films in thirty years. He has worked extensively as a film critic and his output has been stylistically compared to that of the distinguished Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer." - The Movie Book, 1999
"Spanish director, the most respected but least prolific of his time. Erice has made only three features in thirty years, yet his reputation has never been higher in Spain and abroad. Educated at the Escuela Oficial de Cinematografía, Erice was prominent in attacking the Francoist cinema of his youth. His first work, an episode in the collective Los desafíos/The Challenges (1969), already features the elliptical narrative typical of the so-called Francoist aesthetic which he would take to new heights." - Paul Julian Smith (Encyclopedia of European Cinema, 1995)
"Victor Erice has directed just three features and two shorts in a little over thirty years (the shorts, included in portmanteau films, bookend the three features he has made roughly ten years apart). In its studied and contemplative approach to cinema, as well as its meagre productivity, Erice’s career can be compared to that of Carl Dreyer and Terrence Malick. The connections to the work of these great, visionary filmmakers do not end there. Like Malick & Dreyer, Erice is a filmmaker who explores his environments through precise, lyrical, light-filled or filtered compositions. He also presents characters that are inseparable from or mired in particular times, spaces and historical moments." - Adrian Danks (Senses of Cinema, 2003)
TSPDT Guide
Highly Recommended
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
Recommended
Quince Tree of the Sun (1992)
Worth a Look
El Sur (1983) , La Morte rouge (2006)
Acclaimed Films / IMDB Filmography
1,000 Greatest Films 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
Victor Erice / Favourite Film
The River (1951) Jean Renoir.
Source: Sodankylä Ikuisesti: Desert Island Films (1996)
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