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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning little piece of cinematic magic!, February 8, 2006
This review is from: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (DVD)
One of three short films based upon Civil War Stories, a collection of tales by Ambrose Bierce. In this piece, the punishment of death by hanging is being carried out in formal, methodical fashion by a group of Union soldiers. The sentenced man dressed in civilian clothes is led to the center of a bridge, placed upon a wooden plank that hangs out over the river, his body thoroughly tied and then a noose is put round his neck. It's early morning and the sun is beginning to rise. The birds are chirping loudly as nature goes about its business. As the final moment approaches the man is becoming visibly agitated and starts to cry. Past thoughts of a wife or lover flash through his mind but the reality of the moment is unrelenting. The order is given, a soldier steps off the plank and down falls the man . . . down into the river? Underwater we can see that the rope has snapped and the man is deep within the river desperately, but successfully removing the noose and the ties that had him bound. Off go the boots and he's swimming for the surface. He's free! At the surface the joy of living hits him with full force. The miracle of a spider web, the song of the birds, the feel of the wind across his face . . . joy!! But the soldiers on the bridge have spotted him and he must swim down the raging river of life to avoid the stillness and empty solitude of death. A stunning little piece of cinematic magic.
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