The Bridge (1929)

I was not aware of this cinematic version of The Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge. The 1962 Robert Enrico adaptation comes more readily to mind. I had seen that version both on re-runs of The Twilight Zone and in literature classes where the Ambrose Bierce short story was a subject of our studies. I was both a fan of the short story and the French short, but this 1929 silent film by Vidor may quickly become my favorite of the there. Each variation on this tale of a man who escapes from a hanging seemingly plays town its twist ending in favor of poetic and lyrical imagery awash in the hazy fog of a dream.


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