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Robinson in Ruins

Robinson in Ruins (2012)


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The third installment of Keiller's "Robinson" trilogy finds Robinson wandering through the English countryside, wondering aloud whether the failures of late capitalism in the UK can be explained by the flora and detritus he passes. Keiller's materialist approach yields ravishing results, affirming his status as a serious thinker with a knack for finding the "moving wind in the trees". As with London and Robinson In Space, the titular protagonist's philosophical musings remain a constant, guiding

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An exaltation of life counters the intimations of extinction, trumping the polemical despair.

January 11, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The results are both enlightening and enervating.

January 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Not only is this elegiac work filled with paradoxical hope for humanity's future, it's also an encouraging sign of life-an indication of the robust health of documentary art

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
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Not your everyday fare. A Marxist documentary assault on Tory-inspired rot in Britain. Hopefully it will inspire young American filmmakers to go after our own filthy rich.

January 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

It's too abstruse for its own good, and often boring.

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Vanessa Redgrave provides the narration of a beautifully photographed, meandering film essay that fails to match the impact of either London or Robinson In Space.

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Perhaps it is all a little recondite, but there are moments of austere visual poetry...

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian

Keiller finds melancholic magic in the discarded domestic and industrial edifices of a landscape that has much to tell us -- if only we're prepared to look and listen.

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Keiller casts a spell. His "psychogeographical" methods unearth secrets about Britain not merely physical but spiritual, cultural, economic.

November 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

There are moments of real absurdist humour, but Vanessa Redgrave's droning narration over endless shots of flowers makes it feel like a combo of recent radio news and a nature-themed screensaver.

November 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

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

November 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

One often hears of actors reading the phonebook and exalting their fans in doing so. Here the superb Vanessa Redgrave achieves this narrative feat, except the phone numbers are replaced by historical facts united by a journey of a make-believe character.

October 24, 2010 Full Review Source: CultureCatch

A combination of poem and polemic. The obituary of a society that never had it better.

October 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Robinson's very name ties him to explorers like Crusoe and Walden.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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