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Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge [Import]


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  • Actors: Roger Jacquet, Anne Cornaly, Anker Larsen, Stéphane Fey, Jean-François Zeller
  • Directors: Robert Enrico
  • Writers: Robert Enrico, Ambrose Bierce
  • Producers: Marcel Ichac, Paul de Roubaix
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Paradox
  • Release Date: Aug. 17 2004
  • Run Time: 28 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000286RQG

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Scheinman on July 9 2002
Format: VHS Tape
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H. Dorne on Nov. 8 2001
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1 1999
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This film is one of the more haunting tales of Ambrose Bierce, stunningly captured in black and white photography. There is no dialogue for none is required. The action takes place during the American Civil War, and the sequence of events, which take only a few minutes in reality, are recorded slowly so that none of the story line is sacrificed. A series of flash-backs, in the mind of a military man who is about to be put to death by hanging, is so vividly captured on the film that the viewer is caught up in the psychological aspect of the workings of the human mind in its last instantant of life. From the time the captive is pushed from the bridge to the time the rope snaps is a capsule of a whole life. This is one of the better films ever made, and I cannot recommend it too highly.
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Now get this. Beginning in the first grade, our teachers in a small Southern school would drag all of us kids into the auditorium to see this weird film EVERY YEAR like clockwork. Our little minds would work overtime to figure out what was going on with this condemned man as he fought valiantly to maintain his grip on life, and our little hearts would flutter when he finally made it home to the plantation and that lovely woman who put her hands around his neck and....
After the film unspooled, we kids returned, stunned, shocked, obliterated, to Math or English class.
Who knows what playful sadist decided we should watch this film over and over for EIGHT STRAIGHT YEARS, but I remain oh-so-grateful. AN OCCURRENCE informed and changed my view of life, of time, of being, of cinema, and most the kids that went to that small strange country school remain twisted anti-conformist buttkickers.
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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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By A Customer on March 11 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Much like "Jacob's Ladder", this movie explores that last bit of resistance or fight to avoid death and progress on to the after life. The movie uses the geometry of the surrounding countryside, sound and contrast, to illustrate the emotions and pain of the last instant of life. The movie ends with the opening of a gate to a beautiful plantation representing a returning to home or heaven. The movie is best viewed first then viewed once again after reading the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge". My two favorite sequences are when our main character gives up his pocket watch symbolizing a seperation from his earthlyness, and finally the return home through an arched grove of trees leading to a purly gate opening to a plantation.
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