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  • Directors: Patrick Keiller
  • Format: Colour, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BFI Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun. 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004O2Z58M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,739 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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ROBINSON IN RUINS (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Patrick Keiller

Patrick Keiller's latest 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 ciné 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 by Vanessa Redgrave).

Special features

  • Standard Definition and High Definition presentation of main feature (DVD & Blu-ray)
  • 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 mins, DVD only)
  • Original theatrical release trailer (DVD only)
  • Downloadable PDF of Doreen Massey's essay Landscape/space/politics (DVD only)
  • Fully illustrated booklet with introduction by Patrick Keiller, essay by Doreen Massey, and review by Mark Fisher

UK | 2010 | colour | English language, optional feature hard-of-hearing subtitles | 101 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.78:1

Disc 1: BD25 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)

Region 0 PAL DVD
Region free Blu-ray

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Belatedly following up his two earlier essay-films London (1994) and Robinson in Space (1997), Patrick Keiller here returns to their themes with 2010's even more elliptical, haunting, and obtusely highbrow Robinson in Ruins. Once more centring on the apparently disturbed social and historical scholar Robinson, now newly released from prison, and again embarking on more of his mysterious pilgrimages around the English landscape, this third film is heavily influenced by the current global economic crisis; it looms like a dark cloud over both the beautiful photography on the screen and the detached narration from Vanessa Redgrave, which is effective enough, but lacks the warmth and sincerity that the late Paul Scofield brought to Keiller's two previous works. The complete lack of incidental music also makes the film a more challenging viewing experience than the first two, but Keiller's eye for remarkable natural imagery remains startling.
Keiller's films are not for everyone (they are fiercely intellectual to the point where they can easily alienate an audience, and can be very difficult to concentrate on if you are not in the right mood), but for those who understand his political agenda and are open to his obscure literary, cultural, and scientific references, his work can be profoundly rewarding. However, I repeat; Patrick Keiller is very far from being an easily accessible filmmaker, so if you try this, do so with a very open mind.
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Really great film for anyone interested in Patrick Keiller and psychogeography. I have thoroughly enjoyed each film in the Robinson series. This one focuses more on the environment and the un-naturalness of global capitalism. Only criticism is that the films seem to bore those not interested in these subjects.
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I loved both of Patrick Keiller's previous Robinson films, and the third in the series is just as good. Sadly the original narrator is no longer with us, but I soon got used to the change. I'd highly recommend that everyone who is interested in the changes in Britain over the past couple of decades tries to track down these entertaiing and - believe it or not - very funny, though quite unusual, films.
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Having seen "London" and "Robinson In Space" I was looking forward to this very much, being fully aware of Patrick Keiller's political agenda. I saw it initially in the cinema and along with many in the audience I became more and more restless during the extended pastoral interludes with no commentary. I have since bought the DVD and still feel that about 15 minutes should have been cut. I would have then awarded 5 stars. [ASIN:B00092ZE5K London / Robinson In Space [1994] [DVD]].
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