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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (2005)

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Ambrose Bierce's classic hallucinatory short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge has been adapted to film at least three times. The first version was a 1932 short subject directed by Charles Vidor; the second was a two-part 1959 installment of TV's Alfred Hitchcock Presents; and the third was this award-winning French short, adapted and directed by Robert Enrico. The time is the American Civil War: Southern plantation-owner Peyton Farquahr (Roger Jacquet) has been condemned to death for spying against the Union cause. As he prepares to be hanged from the Owl Creek bridge, Farquahr morosely contemplates his fate and fondly recalls his loving wife (Anne Cornaly). The commanding officer gives the signal, Farquahr is dropped off the side of the bridge -- and suddenly the rope breaks. Farquahr breaks loose of his bonds, remains submerged in the creek as the soldiers' bullets whiz all about him, breathlessly reaches dry land, and painstakingly makes his way home to the arms of his wife. As he rushes towards her and.......ah -- to say more would be to ruin the surprise. The music by Henri Lanoe includes an original ballad, "Live Livin' Man", sung spiritual-style in English. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge made its American TV premiere as the February 28, 1964 installment of the anthology series The Twilight Zone. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

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The intriguing short captured my attention.

March 18, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

One of the greatest short films of all time.

November 6, 2009 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

½

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.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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½

Fantastic.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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½

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.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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