The View from the Train

The View from the Train:Cities and Other Landscapes

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Essays by the iconic British filmmaker on the relationship between film, cities and landscape

In his classic sequence of films, Patrick Keiller retraces the hidden story of the places where we live, the cities and landscapes of our everyday lives. This collection explores the surrealist perception of the city; the relationship of architecture to film; how cities change over time, as well as an urgent portrait of post-crash Britain. The View from the Train establishes Keiller as one of the most perceptive writers and thinkers about the city, landscape and politics.


  • An enigmatic, intermittently brilliant collection of essays about the built landscape of Britain and how it has changed in the last 30 years.

    Andy BeckettGuardian
  • Keiller is Britain’s most observant and provocative film-maker around the subject of cities and the landscape. In these wonderful essays, he explores the political and cultural forces behind how the UK looks.

    Edwin HeathcoteFinancial Times
  • Perceptive, educated, un-obvious musings on place and inhabitation.

    Rowan MooreObserver