Robinson in Ruins
A film by Patrick Keiller
Patrick Keiller’s third essay-film in his Robinson series (London and Robinson in Space) combines ironic, witty denunciation of society’s domination by markets with homage to the wonders of the biosphere.
Newly released from prison, mysterious would-be scholar Robinson has been haunting the Oxfordshire countryside with a cine camera. A few months later, film cans and a notebook are discovered in a derelict caravan: the results of his search for the origins of capitalist catastrophe in the English landscape. Researchers assemble the material as a film, narrated by their institution’s co-founder (voiced Vanessa Redgrave).
- Optional effects-only soundtrack.
- Panel discussion: Patrick Keiller, Doreen Massey, Patrick Wright and Matthew Flintham, on their project The Future of Landscape and the Moving Image (2011, 15 min, DVD only).
- Original theatrical release trailer (DVD only).
- Downloadable PDF of Doreen Masseys essay “landscape/space/politics” (DVD only).
- Fully illustrated booklet with introduction by Patrick Keiller, essay by Doreen Massey, and review by Mark Fisher.
Original aspect ratio
- 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories
- B - Includes most European and Middle-Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand