An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge Essay

1226 Words Dec 12th, 2015 5 Pages
An Evaluation of “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” The film “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” written by Ambrose Bierce and then directed by Robert Enrico is a French masterpiece of a psychological thriller that contains a fair amount of drama, mystery, and tragedy. It was a successful film and with numerous shifts of emotions, this film is an example of one with great storytelling, acting, and cinematography to mold it into a successful short film. To begin with, the most generic yet still very important piece to this film is the storytelling with the interesting plot and structure. In order to get a good understanding of the film, it is a good idea to divide it into three sections. The first section begins with an external reality during the civil war where the main character, Peyton Farquhar, is standing on a railroad bridge above the water with his wrists bound behind his back and a noose around his neck ready to be hanged. Assuming that Farquhar is a Southern supporter, Northern soldiers prepare the planks and surround him. A scene of a memory of his wife appears in his head when he closes his eyes and the sound of a ticking clock is heard. Following that, the captain signals to commence the hanging and to everyone’s surprise, Farquhar falls down into the water below, frees his hands, removes the noose and begins swimming to escape. The soldiers then become aware of the situation and attempt to correct their mistake and execute the job successfully by gunning him…

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