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 the viewer's attention to the manifold histories hidden within each object he encounters. -- (C) Anthology
Art House & International , Documentary , Special Interest
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Vanessa Redgrave
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Critic Reviews for Robinson in Ruins

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | January 11, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

The results are both enlightening and enervating.

Full Review… | January 10, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

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.

Full Review… | January 14, 2012

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

Full Review… | November 18, 2010
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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.

Full Review… | November 18, 2010
Daily Express (UK)

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