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Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge [Import]

Roger Jacquet , Anne Cornaly , Robert Enrico    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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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 A CINEMATIC MARVEL June 16 2000
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best film I've seen in high school so far. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting, stunning film! 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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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 A man's last breath March 11 1999
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars a faithful interpretation to the story
People who dislike the movie, dont understand its meaning. They lack the ability to observe the meaning behind the "old" musical choices which then wasnt so old,... Read more
Published on May 18 2006 by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome French Film
In my opinion, the short film, "An occurence at Owl Creek Bridge", was one of the best movies I have ever seen. Read more
Published on March 13 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
This short film was not real interesting to me because it had very little dialogue. The surprise ending was not real good. The director did give a few clues away for the ending. Read more
Published on March 11 2003 by Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Generation
I am a high school English teacher but I also remember watching this movie as a freshman MANY years ago. Read more
Published on March 7 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars an occurence at owl creek bridge review
I am a high school review and yesterday was the first time i saw "an occurence at owl creek bridge". Read more
Published on March 5 2003 by mark archer
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like Batman
Have you ever seen the Batman movie with Adam West? This film has the same camera effect when they shoot distance. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
I saw this short film twenty-five years ago, in a High School English class, and have never been able to forget it. Read more
Published on May 2 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars I Saw This Back In High School
I saw this back in high school a couple of times -- and I LOVED it! -- WELL WORTH IT if you can GET it! It's too bad that I can only give this film five stars!
Published on Oct. 28 2001 by Rick Komm
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable a must see film
I am a college student and it is the first time that I have seen this magnificent movie. Even at the time of his death, his mind gives him an escape from the reality he is living. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2001 by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
I saw this movie way back in highschool & all I can say is wow. It's been 13 years & I am still talking about it!
Published on July 12 2000 by "zoey1997"
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