For years I’ve been trying to remember the name of a particular short film that I saw in a high school english class that so stunned me that it made me fall in love with storytelling.
Yesterday, I found a small item in the Wall Street Journal about how modern movies reference Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone.
And there was the name of the movie!
“Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” a 1962 short directed by Robert Enrico based on an Ambrose Bierce short story.
I found the film online and watched it today. It’s as incredible now as the first time I saw it, and I still remember the shock I had at the ending.
Maybe this is where I learned that the job of the storyteller is to show the people the world in a different and surprising way.
It was also a special episode of the Twilight Zone
(And the Journal snapshot suggests that M. Night Shyamalan’s Sixth Sense was based on the film and another site also suggested that this film was the only episode of the Twilight Zone that was not written and produced by Rod Serling.