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NYFF: Robinson in Ruins

NYFF: Robinson in Ruins

Robinson is a meticulous man. A tireless researcher, explorer, and academic with a sharp eye and a quick tongue, he’s a man whose curiosity and drive lead him on a quest to take photographs and collect historical data on the sometimes ruined towns throughout rural South England, just days after his unexplained release from prison. Robinson also happens to be the fictional alter ego of British filmmaker Patrick Keiller, and the protagonist of Keiller’s similarly avant-garde cine-essay films London and the cheekily titled Robinson in Space. In his third film of the series, Robinson in Ruins, Keiller uses his trademark technique of presenting the videos and photographs that his protagonist has collected, never allowing him to actually appear in the film, but divulging his collected data and varied thoughts through the voice of an elegant narrator (in this case the dulcet-toned Vanessa Redgrave). Read Farihah Zaman’s review of Robinson in Ruins.

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