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Essay on An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge 1 In what ways-- through distortion of time sound image through particular kinds of shots-does the director Robert Enrico let viewers know that Peyton Farquhars escape from death is not real but fantasy or illusion The key element which makes An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge such a deep emotionally charged story would be the impact that is created from its literary thread of irony Peyton Franquhars escape from death turned out to be nothing more than a complex illusion The writer Ambrose Bierce purposely misled the reader into a false sense of security when the main character finally gets home to his wife Just at the last moment when you believe all is well snap You find out that his entire escape was in his head the last dispirit dream of a condemned man Robert Enrico tried to recreate this but fell short of the mark I just cant seem to grasp the concept that this film actually won an Academy Award I guess it can only be credited to what had to be the ridiculously low standards of directing in those days There are three moments when Robert hints on the idea that Peytons escape from death is not real but a fantasy or some kind of an illusion One through the distortion of time two sound and three image Im going to discuss each of these in depth one at a time first Ill start with the distortion of time In the scene where Peyton falls into the water he spends an unbelievably impossibly long time under This was an obvious hint that Payton was not experiencing what he believed to be reality Im not sure if this was intentional or just simply an accident on the editors part Either way I dont think the scene worked will more than anything it just confused me but in Roberts defense
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