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May 11, 2021RoyalJellyIII rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
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. It is filmed using static shots of various English locations with a narration by Paul Scofield laid overtop. The film is very dense with a lot of visual and verbal information, however, if you can pay attention closely enough this is a humorous and ironic dissection of the UK in the waning years of the 20thCentury.