London / Robinson In Space details
|Genres:||Documentary, Drama, Special Interest|
|TBC Disc 1|
Robinson in Space
|PG Disc 2|
|Run time:||2 hours 40 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Jun 2011|
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Brilliant photo essayBy Rob Smith from St Albans , 18 Jul 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]If you love London, check out this film. It follows the attempts of the unseen narrator and his friend Robinson, to experience London as it would have been scene by the romantic poets of the 18th century, as if the 19th century had never happened. They visit fascinating places that are way off the tourist map, and while the story is one of disolusion and disapointment set around the Conservative victory in 1992, the images are profoundly beautiful. The DVD version brings out some great scenes like raindrops falling on the river Brent, or bits of paper swirling in the sky after an IRA bomb. Unconventional and uncliched. My only criticism is the films pessimistic outlook looks a bit dated now, London in 2005 is a much better place than it was in 1992
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A deadpan delightBy gingerspike (432 reviews) from Grimsby , 25 Jul 2013This exploration of London & England is a delight to watch with the deadpan delivery of the narrator as he tells his stories of his journeys with his companion Robinson. Historically it's very interesting with various facts thrown in with opinions, observations, quirky comments and silliness. Post-Thatcherite in a good left-leaning way. An absolute joy.
LondonBy zavaell (3 reviews) from Llandysul, Carmarthenshire , 25 Jan 2011A wonderful historical gem. The narration by Paul Schofield would be worth the entrance fee alone but the imaginative wander through a year's history of the capital during the election of 1992 is unrivalled. Each take of some location in the city is, in effect, an extended still photograph and thus one builds up, with views either in close-up or a more landscape nature, a portrait of a London at a particular point in its history. The laconic script exactly parallels what London and the country face in 2011.
London / Robinson In SpaceBy a customer from london , 30 Nov 2010If you are a Goldsmiths Art Student you must see this, it will come up in a seminar for sure.
Otherwise, a very watchable art film, which grows with you over time as you visit the various locations that are in the film.
Robinson in spaceBy Wbow (6 reviews) from Maidenhead , 13 Mar 2010A fascinating and really delightful account of a journey through the UK, packed full of interesting facts, observations and quirky takes on life. The narration, by Paul Schofield, perfectly suits the genre, it's a little like a chat with J R Hartley, very warm and wonderful. Highly recommended.
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Post-ThatcheriteBy SuzannePolish (44 reviews) from South West , 18 Apr 2009A wonderful gem of cinema. I have to say I have not seen its precursor 'London' owing either to a mix-up by LF, the Royal Mail or simply my postman 'hitch-hiking' on my LF membership and watching my films then returning them...!
What appears at first to be a gentle, unassuming and somewhat dislocated film really starts to get going about 25 minutes in. It is a look at what has happened to Britain's manufacturing base post-Thatcher. It doesn't blare its messages, it's enigmatic, even, at times meta-anachronistic, e.g. when Robinson the (fictitious) companion of the narrator leaves for a 'sexual assignation' made via the Notebook that the research sponsors have provided.
Beautfully photographed and narrated, gently comic but ultimately views of an England which no longer exists.