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Robinson in Ruins

Ironic, witty denunciation of society’s domination by markets and homage to the wonders of the biosphere are combined in Patrick Keiller’s third essay-film.

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).

Special features

  • 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.

Product information

    • Certificate

      U

    • Colour

      Colour

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      101mins

    • Subtitles

      English

    • Original aspect ratio

      1.78:1

    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Blu-ray region

      • B - Includes most European and Middle-Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand

    • Catalogue number

      BFIB1098

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    Two imaginative films by Patrick Keiller, documenting a journey by the unseen researcher Robinson and his companion, the narrator.

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