Robinson Crusoe (USA, 1954) 89 minutes

Sunday, March 16, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Price: Free with Museum admission.

In the late seventeenth century, Englishman Robinson Crusoe, against the advice of his father but craving adventure, decides to sail from England to Africa to pick up slaves to work on their Brazilian plantations. Hitting a storm along the way, he gets shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island somewhere in the Atlantic. The only known survivors are himself and the ship's two mascots, a cat named Sam and a dog named Rex. Crusoe manages to bring on shore some supplies from the wrecked ship before it sinks for good. Despite being from the privileged class, Crusoe is determined to eke out a life for himself on the island while he waits for a passing ship to rescue him, that is if he doesn't die from the sheer torture of isolation first. As he waits and waits and waits, he learns that not all passersby may be friendly, but that some can be rehabilitated to the proper English way.

Steven Kellman introduction and post-film discussion.

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