|Starring:||Michael Gough, Jill Balcon, Tilda Swinton, Karl Johnson, Clancy Chassay|
|Genres:||Documentary, Drama, Gay/Lesbian|
|Run time:||1 hour 9 minutes|
|Rental release:||29 Jan 2007|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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the life of a geniusBy a customer from Cambridge, UK , 26 Jul 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]A dramatization, in modern theatrical style, of the life and thought of the Viennese-born, Cambridge-educated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), whose principal interest was the nature and limits of language. A series of sketches depict the unfolding of 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. The emphasis in these sketches is on the exposition of the ideas of Wittgenstein, a homosexual, and an intuitive, moody, proud, and perfectionistic thinker generally regarded as a genius.
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Wittgenstein - somewhat lacking in witBy AndrewSarchus (15 reviews) from London , 02 Dec 2009I could not watch this after 15 mins. I am sorry, but it was like some primary school stage production. After which I did not feel any wiser, let alone entertained as to Wittgenstein. I think this film got such a generous review as Jarman died the same year, and those in the Gay Community wanted to accolade the man, whatever the merits of the film. But the film stinks!
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WittgensteinBy gothic (96 reviews) from Craigavon , 12 Oct 2009I actually rented this by mistake thinking it was another film. When I saw the director was Mr Jarman, I almost returned it unseen as I am not a fan of his work. However luck would have it I found myself with a couple of hours to kill so I gave it a chance, and I am glad that I did. I found it quirkey in the extreme (no suprise there!!) However I did find the simplistic/minimilist style very engaging. It was a very well told story. worth a watch.
Did not understand thisBy Randomfilmbuff (327 reviews) from London , 04 Oct 2009I think i would have enjoyed it more if it had been a different philosopher that I had studied
The Philosopher's TragedyBy a customer from London , 08 Mar 2009I had already seen this film once and liked it so much I wanted to see it again. It was even richer the second time round, with some excellent vignette performances. It was Derek Jarman's second-but-last film before he died, made in a fortnight, and therefore extremely fresh, even with a sense of ad-libbing at times. It is always difficult for actors to play real people, about whom a great deal is known, without a deadening effect, but there is a lightness of touch about the direction which redeems, or perhaps I should say is enhanced by, the slight campiness. One gets the feeling that it started out as a send-up, but the actor who plays Wittgenstein is so compelling that the mood changes and it becomes serious/tragic.
SpecialisedBy talanxi (3 reviews) from London , 19 Feb 2009I watched this because of my interest in Jarman's work, but someone without that interest may not have got much from it.
It's more like a stage play than a film and makes its points rather heavily.
But I found it interesting, though it doesn't explore Wittgenstein's character at all.