Luis Bunuel's Robinson Crusoe
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Luis Bunuel's Robinson Crusoe
Exiled from his Spanish homeland, director Luis Bunuel set up shop in Mexico. Here he made his only American-financed film, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. This is a reasonably reliable version of the Daniel Defoe's novel about a 17th century shipwreck victim (Dan O'Herlihy) and his "Man Friday" (James Fernandez). Bunuel cannot resist tossing in his occasional barbs against the smugness of Society--though not so many as to scare away customers. The director's long-standing distaste with the church is discreetly manifested in a few brief scenes wherein Crusoe's… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Exiled Spanish surrealist master Luis Buñuel created a micro-budgeted but remarkably effective adaptation of Daniel DeFoe's 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe."
‑ Dan Lybarger, eFilmCritic.com
"A true oddity for Buñuel."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"far more provocative than the more literal adaptation's of Defoe's classic"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"This is the best Crusoe I've ever seen."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A fine film with a strong central performance, although it is hardly representative of the director's trademark style."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"May be the most shocking film ever made by the great filmmaker -- precisely because it isn't shocking at all."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The film in its simple telling, without sentimentality, evokes a feeling of awe."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Buñuel posits a more existential relationship between Crusoe, nature and, most significantly, the character's loneliness."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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