* Post-Restoration Retro-Trailer
* David Del Valle 1985 interview with Dan O\'Herlihy
Source: NTSC Restoration DVD.
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IMDB review: One of Bunuel\'s finest..., 5 October 1999
10/10 Author: Dave Godin (Dave G) from Sheffield, England
Of the many great films Luis Bunuel was involved with, ROBINSON CRUSOE is
perhaps his most neglected, but in my view, it is one of his very best movies.
Defoe\'s story of an emissary of white, Christian civilisation suddenly alone in
the universe and having to fend for himself, is a wonderful metaphor from which
to explore the human condition and spirit, thrust into a world in which, if
there is a God, he is seemingly powerless to help or intervene.
As Crusoe returns to his roots, he becomes more and more at one with Nature
and his own nature, until the yearned for contact with a fellow human being,
provokes fear and terror when it appears likely to happen. But, although his
own fear means that his initial treatment of Friday is harsh and cruel, the
enslavement of a fellow human being enables Crusoe to see how depraving and
corrupting such vile practices are, and eventually he and Friday become friends
and comrades, but only when Crusoe realises he must give Friday total and
The film contains some of Bunuel\'s most potent cinema: the feverish dream
sequence where Crusoe\'s father chides him for his adventurous, and, therefore,
\"wayward\" spirit; the scene where he is so desperate to hear another human voice
he goes to the Valley of the Echo and shouts a Psalm, and then walks in despair
into the sea until his torch is extinguished by the waves; and the final scene
where, leaving the island at last with Friday, he looks back for the last time,
and hears the ghostly echo of his faithful, but long since dead dog Rex barking.
Shot in Pathécolor, some of the scenes are beautiful, whilst others could be
improved upon, but the sheer drama and intellectual engagement it provides
overcome such minor technical faults, and the whole is wonderfully enhanced by
a first-rate score by Anthony Collins and Luis Breton. Dan O\'Herlihy as Crusoe
carries the entire film, and was quite rightly nominated as \"Best Actor\" for
this role at the 1954 Academy Awards. It is perhaps Bunuel at his most laid-back
and subtle, but, believe me, watched in the right frame of mind, (which means
forgetting all your preconceptions about the well-known story), it packs as much
punch as any of his films. A rare and beautiful gem well-worth searching out.