Robinson Crusoe (1902 film)

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Les aventures de Robinson Crusoë
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A frame from the film
Directed by Georges Méliès
Written by Georges Méliès
Based on Robinson Crusoe 
by Daniel Defoe
Starring Georges Méliès
Star Film
Release dates 1902
Running time 280 meters/910 feet[1]
(approx. 15 minutes)[2]
Country France
Language Silent

Robinson Crusoe (French: Les aventures de Robinson Crusoë) is a 1902 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès, based on Daniel Defoe's book of the same name and starring Méliès as the titular hero. The design of the film, also by Méliès, was inspired by J. J. Grandville's illustrations for the novel.[2] The film was released by Méliès's company Star Film and is numbered 430–443 in its catalogues.[1]

A short black-and-white fragment of the film was the only known remnant until 2011, when a hand-colored print on nitrate film was found among a collection donated to the Cinémathèque Française. This print, roughly twelve and a half minutes of the film's original fifteen-minute running time, was restored in 4k resolution by the Cinémathèque. The restoration, with a new score by Maud Nelissen and with an English translation of Méliès's original narration read live by Paul McGann, premiered on 35mm film at the Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone in 2012.[2]


  1. ^ a b Hammond, Paul (1974). Marvellous Méliès. London: Gordon Fraser. p. 141. ISBN 0900406380. 
  2. ^ a b c Hutchinson, Pamela (10 October 2012). "Georges Méliès's Robinson Crusoé film resurfaces in Pordenone". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 

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