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The Bridge (1929)

Soldiers march a condemned man through a rural area to a bridge high above a stream. While a boy plays a drum, one soldier puts a noose around the prisoner's neck and stand him on the ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Ambrose Bierce (story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"), Charles Vidor
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Credited cast:
Nicholas Bela Nicholas Bela ... The Spy
Charles Darvas Charles Darvas ... Union Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marbeth Wright Marbeth Wright ... The Girl
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Soldiers march a condemned man through a rural area to a bridge high above a stream. While a boy plays a drum, one soldier puts a noose around the prisoner's neck and stand him on the bridge's parapet. He thinks of his wife and children, then falls. The rope breaks from his weight, and he stays under water until he's beneath some reeds on the surface. The soldiers fire at him and pursue, but he's able to leave the stream and run for his life. The sunshine, being alive, and thoughts of his wife and children propel him forward. Will he make it? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

22 September 2009 (Greece) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Version of Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1961) See more »

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Another version of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge".
7 October 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the 1960s, a short film was made about Ambrose Bierce's story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge". The film won the Oscar for Live Short Subject. And now here's the odd part. This French film by Paul de Roubaix and Marcel Ichac was then shown as an episode of "The Twilight Zone"--and few probably suspected its pedigree since it was a film without dialog. Apparently, however, 33 years earlier, Charles Vidor directed another version of this story called "The Bridge" (also called "The Spy").

The first thing you'll probably notice about this silent film is the really nice cinematography. It looks like an exquisite piece of art. Second, instead of being set in the US Civil War, it seems to be set in some European locale--though exactly which one is uncertain. A man has been captured by the army and they are about to execute him on a bridge. What happens next you'll just need to see for yourself.

Overall, this is much shorter than the Oscar-winning version. But, it's also more beautifully shot and succinct. I like them both but actually think I prefer this earlier version a bit more. See what you think.


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