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Robinson is commissioned to investigate the unspecified "problem of England." The narrator describes his seven excursions, with the unseen Robinson, around the country. They mainly concentrate on ports, power stations, prisons, and manufacturing plants, but they also bring in various literary connections, as well as a few conventional landscapes. Written by Will Gilbert

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Quoted texts include: Chapter 23 of 'The Revolution of Everyday Life' by Raoul Vaneigem in 'Leaving the 20th Century'; translated and edited by Christopher Gray; published by Free Fall Publications. 'The Production of Space' by Henri Lefebvre; translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith; published by Blackwell. 'The Adventure of the Copper Beeches' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 'Seaports' in Paris Spleen by Charles Baudelaire; translated by Louise Varese; published by New Directions. 'Capitalism, Culture and Decline in Britain 1750-1990' by W.D. Rubinstein; published by Routledge. 'Space, Place and Gender' by Doreen Massey; published by Polity Press. 'Wartime, "genius" honoured at last' by David Ward; in The Guardian on 13 December 1994 'Laughter' by Henri Bergson as quoted in 'The Postcards from Utopia' by Stanislaw Czekalski in Umeni 1-2 XLIII/1995 published by UDU AVC Prague 'The Life of the Automobile' by Ilya Ehrenburg; translated by Joachim Neugroschel; published by Pluto Press; Translation Urizen Books See more »

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Loosely based on the travels of Daniel Defoe, this documentary comes pretty close to defining what it is to be British, and is unlike any other film I have ever seen.
1 February 1999 | by (Leeds, England) – See all my reviews

Robinson in Space is a contemporary interpretation of the wanderings of Daniel Defoe around Britain. Robinson and his Companion travel around to places of industrial note, both past and present. In this sense it is travelogue, but it is so much more.

The Commentary notes major developments in the country, and makes dry comment on the state of the nation and its Industry. This film visits both the empty Warehouses of Manchester and the New factories of the Midlands. It can almost be regarded as an essay on Britain in the mid 1990's.

Many have described this film as egocentric and boring, and I can see why. It is shot almost entirely as stills, there is no acting, and there are no characters beyond the commentary. However to me this was a refreshing piece of film making. It was incredibly well observed, and comes pretty close to defining what it is to live in this country. I suspect, however, that for anyone who lives outside the UK this will just be boring, you have to be able to relate to the places on the screen.

However, if this appeals even slightly take the opportunity to see this film, before its forgotten. I loved it, and I will never forget it.


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