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433 Ratings

Robinson Crusoe

Directed by Luis Buñuel
Mexico, United States, 1954
Drama, Adventure


Luis Buñuel’s only fully English-language film is an adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s classic novel. The isolation and hardships that befall the bourgeois Crusoe, a shipwrecked castaway stranded on a desert island and previously so dependent on servants, leave him faithless, loosening grip on reality.

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Robinson Crusoe Directed by Luis Buñuel

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1955 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

BAFTA Awards

1955 | Nominee: Best Film from any Source

Critics reviews

Lacks a certain drama – survival seems to come too easily to the titular castaway – but Bunuel’s looking inwards, to a fever-dream with abrupt, jagged cuts to reveal daddy issues, thence to Crusoe’s background as a “master to servants”, mastering the island and its various animals (a baby chick appears in a cracked egg, rats on the beach, a tarantula in a jug of water) but not himself or his class snobbery.
September 27, 2014
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