Derek Jarman's biography of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein makes economical use of minimal sets and costumes, to trace its subject's education in Austria and Cambridge, his life and his work. Karl Johnson stars, with Michael Gough as Bertrand Russell.
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Much like his similarly themed, off-kilter biography of the artist Caravaggio (1986), Jarman here ignores the facts and instead opts for more of a personal deconstruction. As much admiration as I have for the director to break away from the usually rigid confines of biographical pictures that seem to force feed the audience an entire life in a neat and digestible two-hour course, I do not admire his way of frequently shifting focus from any real artistic or intellectual talent, onto what seem like very trivial, melodramatic examinations of sexuality.Read more ›
This really is one of the great works of art in cinema and one of the great works of individuality I have yet come across.
It ties with Mirror by Tarkovsky on my most watched and most loved film pile....
Wittgenstein was obsessed with language, but not as a tool to express some thoughts or concepts that was able to build itself and its own architecture along with the mind and the mind's architecture that carried language, both through the very use of language and the mind themselves. Language is not seen as self-made and self-making expressive tool used by discourse to enable human thought to emerge, to build itself by expressing itself in communication.
Language for him is a limitation.
He considers logic is the acme of human intelligence, not language and language does not contain the whole logic of the human mind, even if it can express it. In fact he is a visual mind and he tries to express with words a logic he can represent in his mind's eye visually. He does not see that without language logic would never have been constituted. He ignores the fact that time, space and logic are human inventions for the cosmic duration, distance and orientation, and dependent origination (as the Buddhist would say for the last dimension) and are nothing but models of what the human brain and mind can observe in the outside world.
Wuttgenstein was a friend of Bertrand Russell but apparently he did not integrate Russell's lectures on logic delivered in the USA in the 1920s.Read more ›
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When this came I was amazed I had purchased it. I gave it a watch and its amusingly good.
I'd never heard of the guy and yes he was a bit weird to be polite. Read more
Rather strange movie reflecting the tortured individual it describes.Published 7 months ago by Petros
Another great fil by Derek Jarman- Wittgenstein only wrote one book, but Jarman, on a low budget managed to convert into something marvellous. See all of his films!Published 11 months ago by James
thoroughly satisfied with this dvd. Excellent cast and production and an idiosyncratic insight into a one of the great minds of the 20th century.Published 22 months ago by wilf morrissey
Theatre as film - film as theatre, an art not to everyone's taste. In the case of this play, I showed it to several people and the reactions were unanimously "Wow!". Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2014 by Pascalito
Derek Jarman's penultimate film consists basically on literate deadpan tableaux dealing with the life of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), all filmed in an... Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2011 by Andres C. Salama
I bought this film to assist me in a research project regarding Wittgenstein. It cannot be said to be a detailed biography, but then it hardly sets out to be. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2004