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Robinson in Space (1997)

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 ... See full summary »


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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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10 January 1997 (UK) See more »

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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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A fascinating film
7 April 2006 | by blackest_knight-1See all my reviews

I caught this film on french satellite TV after being woke rather too early. it was my intent to go back to bed but this film had me hooked and I just had to watch to the end. Robinson dan l'espace it said on the epg and so I searched for and found the DVD and the earlier film London as a box set.

I can only tell you how this film held me gripped in fascination the film has a hypnotic quality that resonates. It is strange unlike anything I had ever seen before. I wanted to be able to stop the film and call my friends and share this experience with them. The Narrators comments revealed hidden secrets to a country I grew up in. Some places I had visited in the past as I travelled the country as a contractor most were a revelation.

This is not my kind of film. It is something I would not choose to watch but I felt like I should be making notes, investigating further. I missed the beginning and desperately want to see the whole film. Most of my friends are not native to this island and this film is something I know we will watch together repeatedly. It is a film that inspires it's not a tourist board view of England It's like the most intense briefing you could have of a country. I would be fascinated to see similar films made within different countries.

This film definitely has a wow factor that deserves a bigger audience. The only disappointment is that the DVD versions I have found do not have subtitles in any language which seems to be poor judgement on the part of the publishers.

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