London/Robinson in Space [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • London: Facets cine-notes - a guide to Robinson's Tour of London
  • Scene selection
  • Robinson in Space: Facets cine-notes - a guide to Robinson's Tour of England
  • Scene selections

Synopsis

Robinson in Space
Two fictional characters, The Narrator (Paul Scofield) and Robinson, provide the wry commentary for Patrick Keiller's semi-documentary look at contemporary British society. The two have been commissioned by a British advertising company to do a thorough survey of Great Britain in order to discern its "problem," the exact nature of which is never elucidated. The two embark upon seven distinct trips across the country and find it inundated with ugly urban sprawl and nearly devoid of habitation. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

London
A side of London rarely experienced by tourists is seen in this spare, austere mix of narrative film and documentary. The filmmaking team behind Robinson in Space returns to the capitol of the United Kingdom to find out just how much a modern city can change in the short window of seven years. Upon returning to London to tour the city with his longtime lover Robinson, a mysterious traveler (Paul Scofield, heard only in voice-over) sets his sights on a series of fascinating historical locales made famous by such popular authors as Edgar Allen Poe and French poet Charles Baudelaire. In their journeys through city streets once brimming with vitality, the traveler soon finds that London has become but a shadow of its former glory due to the damaging effects of pollution, IRA bomb scares, and urban decay. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Paul Scofield
    Paul Scofield - Narrator
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