Sunday, December 16, 2018,
Staring Dan O’Herlihy and Jaime Fernandez
Robinson Crusoe is a 1954 Mexican film by
director Luis Buñuel, based on the novel Robinson
Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. It stars Dan O’Herlihy as
Crusoe who was nominated for an Academy Award
for Best Actor for his performance.
The aristocratic British Robinson Crusoe’s ship sinks
and he miraculously survives on a deserted island
somewhere in South America. Defoe’s story of an
emissary of white, Christian civilization suddenly
alone in the universe and having to fend for himself, is
a metaphor to explore the human condition and spirit.
Because of his isolation Crusoe, 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. 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.
Run Time: 1h 30min
Followed by a discussion of the film and Unity principles.
Unity Goes to the Movies was begun in April 2011 at The Unity Center of New York City for the purpose of showing movies that illustrate life lessons and instruct. It is hosted by Rod Kennedy who selects films that are drawn from the opus of movies made in Hollywood over the years that have come to influence and define our culture.
Much like the stories that were incorporated into the Bible, some of these movies are modern teachable moments about every day life that can instruct us on our spiritual path. After each movie, Mr. Kennedy hosts a discussion where everyone gets a chance to offer his or her insights and comment about the film.