An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (2005)
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This French short has the distinction of being the only short film not produced by the makers of the Twilight Zone, but aired during its time slot. Rod Serling said something about it winning an award at Cannes in his introduction, but I cannot find confirmation of that. In '63 it won Best Short Film with the British Academy. And in '64 it won Best Live Action Short with the American Academy. Based on a classic Ambrose Bierce short story about the memories and thoughts one has in the split seconds before facing death. Roger Jacquet is the actor playing a man sentenced to hanging during the American Civil War. The majority of the 20+ minute run time consists of the man escaping from his executioners and trying to get back to his wife. It is almost entirely silent. There is a mournful folk song about choosing life that is repeated and becomes quite a powerful motif.
A masterful take on the story by Ambrose Bierce. The relatively unknown french director Robert Enrico merged all the right elements to conjure up a cinematic experience that overflows purity. A magical story, astonishing imagery and no dialogue.
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