Beautiful, traditional adventure movie by Luis Bunuel, based on the famous 1719 Defoe novelle about the ship-wrecked seaman Alexander Selkirk, who has to learn how to survive on a lonely island and struggles with existential questions and true loneliness as the time goes by. Highly recommended.
The 1954 film adaptation of the 1719 novel is narrated by the main character, which incorporates an aspect of the original medium of the story. This film includes many classic tropes we see in modern films (especially Castaway). The main concern is never Crusoe’s survival, as he had recovered supplies from his wrecked ship, but whether or not he will be rescued or ever escape the island.
Proof that Bunuel can make a completely straightforward film if he wants to. One of the greatest masters of cinema, Bunuel's Crusoe is the best treatment of this story ever. Umm..I didn't see the Tom Hanks version, but I don't need to.
probably the best way to dismantle the veracity of an adventure book is to strictly stick to its mood and content. no extra irony can replace the self-detonating load of irony that any such book carries with itself.
Serviceable but generic telling of the Defoe classic that is a surprising entry in the filmography of Luis Bunuel. There are some Bunuel touches here and there but nothing to make this stand out against films of the time period. Pickings must have been pretty slim that year to have Dan O'Herilhy nominated for an Oscar for this one!
An old style adventure that feels a bit old-fashioned today.(I loved to watch such films on Sunday afternoons on TV when I was a kid...) I feel there is rarely a glimpse of Buñuel's skills in it. But at least the dream sequence is good and even somewhat surrealistic.
In many ways a very commercial film. Reading Buñuel talking about the film adds another layer, so that's recommended. There are several moments where the film allows him as a filmmaker to shine through, and for that it's worth it. Interesting exploration of man vs wild, outside of society. However, Crusoe's racist and colonialist mindset, the source material is at fault for this but it's nonetheless uncomfortable.