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Certificate
U
Cast
Patrick Keiller
Vanessa Redgrave.
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Running Time
101 minutes

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Robinson In Ruins
Celebral British photo essay


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Plot
Director Patrick Keiller's camera follows the unseen Robinson across the South of England in a rumination on the human and natural worlds.


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Robinson In Ruins
Those of you familiar with Oxfordshire and Berkshire are most likely to be enthralled by Patrick Keiller’s latest odyssey. But there’s plenty to engross in this meticulously researched and beautifully photographed essay. Drawing comparisons between the enclosures of the 19th century and the recent government bail-out of the banks, while also suggesting that Britain has been occupied by the US since the ’40s, the ruminations voiced by Redgrave require close attention. Yet, there are several satisfying pay-offs as the strands tie together against images of derelict domestic and industrial architecture and the resilient flora and fauna that manage to survive in the face of human folly. Not easy viewing, but compelling nonetheless.


Verdict
Keiller's follow up to his cine-essays London and Robinson In Space is another intelligent, thought-provoking piece of filmmaking.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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Another pictorial essay

First came “London”, then “Robinson in Space” and now, 15 years later, comes the third instalment. Same as before – virtually still images of life in current day Britain, set to a drily sarcastic monologue. With the passing of Paul Scofield, the narrative duties are taken up by Redgrave and tackles the banking crisis as its subject. Not much progression from the previous instalments but still mildly intriguing. ... More

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