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United Kingdom, Japan · 1993
1h 15m
Director Derek Jarman
Starring Clancy Chassay, Karl Johnson, Michael Gough, Tilda Swinton
Genre Drama, History

A dramatization, in modern theatrical style, of the life and thought of the Viennese-born, Cambridge-educated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, a revolutionary thinker on the nature and limits of language. A series of sketches depict his life from boyhood, through the era of the first World War, to his eventual Cambridge professorship and association with Bertrand Russell and John Maynard Keynes.

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Billy Donoso Profile picture for Billy Donoso

I am wary of what I write after watching 'Wittgeinstein.' I haven't read any of Ludwig's work but what this film is is a self-contained, charming, and thought-provoking entrance into his life and body of work. It is a film shot simply and well. No backgrounds mean no excess of visual information, and as much attention as I can muster is given to the dialogue. I find the decision to film a barebones, theatrical production of 'Wittgenstein' quite curious given the dilemma that Wittgenstein himself faces in the film, when deciding whether to profess to the urbane masses or teach in the rural provinces, but I think Jarman makes the most of the medium that he chose. I suppose I can't know otherwise.

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