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Friday, May 30, 2008

ROBINSON CRUSOE (1952)


Luis Buñuel makes a simple, straightforward, swift and typically vivid adaptation of the classic tale, with an excellent unmannered perf from Dan O’Herilhy. Without pushing his themes, Buñuel let’s the noblesse oblige elements of the Friday/Master relationship register clearly. In the first half of the story, the abrupt panic dreams and gradations of painful solitude are finessed like a great conductor moving from p to pp to ppp. And when the dog Rex goes, Crusoe isn’t alone in tearing up. The DVD cleans up the colors, but the print remains disappointingly soft. Query: is the film's composer Anthony Collins the same Anthony Collins who was such a great Sibelius conductor?

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