Short Film: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962) dir.  Robert Enrico

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Tells the story of a Civil War civilian prisoner, condemned to death by hanging from a railroad bridge. Based on the short story from 1891 by Ambrose Bierce, the 25-minute An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (French: La Rivière du hibou) is a classic and must-watch short film, noted for it’s irregular chronology and unexpected, twist ending. A masterpiece in every sense of the word, the film received multiple accolades, including the First Prize for Best Short Subject at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival and the 1963 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film. Screened as an episode of The Twilight Zone in 1964.


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Cast: Roger Jacquet, Anne Cornaly, Anker Larsen, Stéphane Fey

Written by: Ambrose Bierce, Robert Enrico