by Charles VIDOR
1929 / 35mm / b&w / sound / 1S / 10' 05

The Bridge 1929 SD

Featuring Nicholas Bela, Charles Darvas

“Vidor’s The Bridge, an adaptation of Ambrose Bierce’s story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” utilizes flash-forward techniques to visualize a condemned man’s escape fantasy. It effectively creates a mixture of objectivity and inner subjectivity and was released in 1931 to great acclaim under a new title, The Spy.” —Jan-Christopher Horak

There are strong indications to me that Jean Genet knew of this film drawing much inspiration for the mise en scène of “Un Chant d’amour” (1953). In turn Kenneth Anger followed Vidor and later Genet’s lead for his own homo-erotic “black” cinema developed in “Fireworks” (1947) and onward. It’s highly likely Anger viewed the 1931 re-release titled “The Spy” that circulated widely in American art cinemas. The coincidences are too hard to ignore. —Bruce Posner

Music: Bob Vaughn

Courtesy: Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1893-1941


distribution format Digital file on server (NTSC)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 29,976 fps
sound sound
rental fee 37,50 €