Reflection: Perseverance Making The Story "Real": Film Analysis of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" - Section 4: An Occurrence of Video Analysis


The video is infamous around the school for being a "terrible" movie; the little acting there is, is over-done; the music seems very out of place; and the cinematography is jerky and inconsistent. Yet I encourage students to "stick with it," because there are moments that really show the text's intent, particularly with envisioning Peyton Farquhar. Also, the over-done style contributes to showing showing Farquhar's exaggerated senses, as he slips into the "dream world" of his imagined escape. Also, huge changes were made to the story, removing the entrapment subplot and leading the viewer to infer why Farquhar is being executed based on a barely-readable "warning poster" in the opening frame. This tends to spark insightful in class, and I did fast-forward in order to give students some time to react on the spot. Their written reactions will show their impressions of the film, as well. 

Additionally, the infamous "badness" of the film really brings the class together, contributing to the sense of community I try to build. 

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Making The Story "Real": Film Analysis of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"

Unit 10: Literacy: The Reality of It All--Realism in the American Story
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: SWBAT analyze the representation of Peyton Farquhar's apparent escape two different mediums by viewing and thinking critically about the 1962 film of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", comparing and contrasting it to the text.

Big Idea: In 1964, Rod Sterling exposed American audiences to the film version of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." Today, students make prediction and judge how the film "holds up."

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English / Language Arts, Group Communication and Discussion, revision (Writing Process), Ambrose Bierce, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Critical Viewing
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