During the Civil War, a Southern civilian is about to be hanged for attempting to sabotage a railway bridge. When the execution takes place from the bridge, the rope breaks and he begins his escape toward home.
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3,5 My favored morceau of Enrico’s „In the Midst Of Life” ternion, bcz it shuns the commonplace of picturing terminal moments mental imagery by retrospective breakneck montage à la Bay’s Armageddon (Enrico’s civilian is an a-steroid saboteur breed) and offers in its place anticipation, prospective escape planned in dilated detail: the hanged woolgathers he broke loose, misleading us along. That doesn’t mean forsaking
A masterful take on the story by Ambrose Bierce. The relatively unknown french director Robert Enrico merged all the right elements to conjure up a cinematic experience that overflows purity. A magical story, astonishing imagery and no dialogue.