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Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge [Import]

Roger Jacquet , Anne Cornaly , Robert Enrico    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome French Film March 13 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
In my opinion, the short film, "An occurence at Owl Creek Bridge", was one of the best movies I have ever seen. I admired the filming style and the unique way the director put everything together. The surprise ending was brilliant, and if you look for clues, you may be able to tell the movie is going to take a twist. The silence of the movie added to the film's unique presence, and adds to what is going on in the prisoner's mind. The small amount of music used was just enough to key you in to the prisoner's emotions and feelings from scene to scene. I highly recommend this superb adaptation of Ambrose Bierce's story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Generation March 7 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I am a high school English teacher but I also remember watching this movie as a freshman MANY years ago. I always make it a point to share the movie with my students, taking the time to watch parts of it twice so that they can see how cleverly the "clues" are hidden. My students grumble and complain about the fact that they have to think to discover thet truth, but they always appreciate the story. But be prepared if you share the movie with others--they often want you to tell them what is happening instead of waiting to think it out on their own.
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1.0 out of 5 stars an occurence at owl creek bridge review March 5 2003
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I am a high school review and yesterday was the first time i saw "an occurence at owl creek bridge". I really disliked this movie because it lacked any excitement in my opinion. The one part of this movie that excited me was the end of the movie. In a way I do beleive that the director did give clues to the ending due to all the unrealistic things that happened to the man. There is very little dialogue in this movies and i think that is something that contributed to making this such a movie. In the movie the only type of music was an old, boring type of singing which added to making this one of the worst movies i have ever seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like Batman Jan. 29 2003
By A Customer
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Have you ever seen the Batman movie with Adam West? This film has the same camera effect when they shoot distance. It will make you laugh because it looks like he is so close, but in another angle he is so far away. If you can get past this and see the deeper meaning, the film is great and touching.
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This French short film, which was nominated for and WON both the Cannes Film Festival Award and an Academy Award, brings Ambrose Bierce's short story to life in a powerful way. With very little dialogue, this film, while discarding Bierce's explanation of how Peyton Farquhar was captured and sentenced to hang as a spy (and which actually is not necessary, in my opinion), depends on the visual rather than the spoken and succeeds admirably! The film may last less than half an hour, but in that time the viewer is rivetted not only by Roger Jacquet's performance as the condemned man but also by the beautiful scenery, the tight editing and just the right pacing of the action (the music, especially the slow lovely ballad "A Livin' Man", sung in the style of the Old Southern spirituals, also sticks with the viewer). The twist ending (which is worthy of the best TWILIGHT ZONE episodes [which, by the way, this film was used for in the fifth and final season of that wonderful series]), made me actually catch my breath, more than when I actually read ths original story. I heartily recommend this film not just for literature-lovers and film buffs but also for anyone with a love of the unusual and mysterious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary May 2 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this short film twenty-five years ago, in a High School English class, and have never been able to forget it. It is one of the most beautiful, haunting, and disturbing pieces of film-making I've ever seen. It is very true to Ambrose Bierce's short story, which is as gripping to read today as it was one-hundred years or so ago. My only disappointment is that this small masterpiece has not been rereleased, and is only available via backordered used copies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully haunting Nov. 13 2001
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I haven't seen this film in a couple of years, but it's imagery and beauty still linger with me today. This is a very surreal, haunting piece of film, executed with macabre brilliance unparalleled by any other film of the genre, especially for having been made in the early sixties. This film clearly brings to mind Adrian Lyne's "Jacob's Ladder," from the early nineties. Another personal favorite of mine, "Ladder" certainly marks a resemblance to "An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge", though done with the knowledge, budget, and sophistication that decades can surely bring. If you are not familiar with this movie, I highly recommend acquiring it whenever you can. Fans of slightly disturbing, yet beautifully haunting films will certainly not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best film I've seen in high school so far. Nov. 8 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I just saw this a few weeks ago in my 11th grade English class. Our teacher really didn't have a lesson plan for the day, so he played this film for the class. Nearly everyone in the class hated it and was laughing the whole time, but something about the film hit me hard. This is definitely one of the most memorable films I've ever seen in my life. The end is the real beauty of the film. The way the mood changes from rejoiceful, as the hero is running to his wife, to solemn and cold, as the hero is suddenly hanging from the bridge. My entire class was laughing hysterically when the hero is running to his wife. As soon as the scene shifted back to him hanging from a bridge, motionless, the entire class fell silent, as did I. This is one of those rare films that slaps you in the face and leaves a mark that lasts forever. See this film by any possible means.
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