Luis Bunuel's Robinson Crusoe1954
Luis Bunuel's Robinson Crusoe (1954)
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Critic Reviews for Luis Bunuel's Robinson Crusoe
Buñuel posits a more existential relationship between Crusoe, nature and, most significantly, the character's loneliness.
Observing the figure of Crusoe in the round, Buñuel finds the prismatic reflections of all manner of hermits, cranks, and holy fools.
There are enough superb moments in this made-in-Mexico version of Defoe's classic novel to outweigh its occasional dullness of camera style.
...could pass as just another literary adaptation if you weren't watching closely.
Featuring an Oscar nominated turn by Dan O'Herlihy, this is a poignant version of the classic tale by the great Spanish director Luis Bunuel.
Audience Reviews for Luis Bunuel's Robinson Crusoe
Perhaps the most "normal" film made by Luis Buñuel but not as simple as it may seem, since you can find a lot here about power relationships, religion, civilization and - most especially - loneliness, in an adaptation that benefits from a solid performance by Dan O'Herlihy.
The best known version of the guy on a desert island trope (why don't they ever do a woman on a desert island ... or was that "Gravity"? Nevermind.) It's from the 1950's so be prepared for some racism casually thrown about, but not enough to make you sic yer pitbull on the TV set. Based on a real story, natch.
An atypical Buñuel that shows how the director was wrong for this kind of material. Despite the lushy colour photography, it has too little swashbuckling and excitment to keep fans of the adventure genre entertained and not enough of the Buñuel trademarks to keep his admirers scratching their heads. One can see the director's subversiviness creeping in beneath the surfice, but it must be questioned if the social commentary of bourgeois master and submissive slave (which contribute to a not all that likeable protagonist) is due more to the dated content of the novel or Buñuel's own beliefs.
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