Robinson in Ruins (2012)
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Movie InfoThe 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 the viewer's attention to the manifold histories hidden within each object he encounters. -- (C) Anthology … More
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Critic Reviews for Robinson in Ruins
An exaltation of life counters the intimations of extinction, trumping the polemical despair.
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
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.
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.
Perhaps it is all a little recondite, but there are moments of austere visual poetry...
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.
Keiller casts a spell. His "psychogeographical" methods unearth secrets about Britain not merely physical but spiritual, cultural, economic.
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.
Keiller's follow up to his cine-essays London and Robinson In Space is another intelligent, thought-provoking piece of filmmaking.
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.
A combination of poem and polemic. The obituary of a society that never had it better.
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