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 ...
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An isolated house in deserted area is too remote for a servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door, and puts the key under the mat. Alone in the house is a mother and her infant... See full summary »
Thomas Bailey Aldrich's poem is dramatized in triptych. In the center panel, a young man muses on the seashore where mermaids beckon, then he walks through the woods, accompanied by ... See full summary »
A pulsing, kaleidoscope of images set to an energetic soundtrack. A young women swings in a garden; a woman's face smiles. The rest is spinning cylinders, pistons, gears and turbines, ... See full summary »
Kiki of Montparnasse,
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It's midnight in a graveyard. The principal characters are spooks, ghosts, bats, bells, and, at the end, the sun. As midnight strikes, 12 spooks appear, then two ghosts. They move to the ... See full summary »
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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
Another version of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge".
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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