"Luis Buñuel’s only American-financed film." It shows. Not necessarily in the quality of the film-making but in the quality of the story-telling. I'm not a fan of voice-over narration; the film would be improved by at least one star if the narration were removed. Regarding the racism, this film reflects the overt racism in both the early 1700s when the book was written and also in the 1950s when the film was made.
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.
A morally conflicted film in many way. An uncharacteristic turn by Bunuel, this is more about race, colonialism and the white man's burden than a survival tale. It takes on more heft than any other Crusoe depiction on film and hews closer to the source material. However, while Crusoe learns companionship and trust, his treatment of Friday is equally abhorrent (master to slave). An unsettling film in today's world.
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.
A good take on a classic novel. This isn't a realistic survival tale by any means (or at least the film isn't) and that does some good and bad for the film. It makes it light hearted and pleasurable, watching Robinson make his little camp on the island. However because a real threat doesn't seem to exist, it's easy to lose interest in the character and as he is the only character, lose interest in the film.
Overall a great film for anyone who likes films such as "Castaway" and "Swiss Family Robinson". It has bits of humor, action, and the character's actions were smart and would be done by any good survivor. It may be a little old, but it has not lost anything after all these years.
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.