A bold, offbeat biopic of the great Viennese philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein, personalised in Derek Jarman’s unique style to address the politics and sexuality of the troubled intellectual.
Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once stated that philosophy ought to be written like poetry, and Jarman, a similarly inspired artistic talent, responded with great creative energy to a Channel 4 commission to make a film about the iconic thinker.
Wittgenstein is full of arresting visuals and compelling performances from Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton (Orlando, Caravaggio_), and Karl Johnson (_The Illusionist), who brilliantly captures Wittgenstein in all his torment and drama. Jarman’s penultimate film, it is infused with the sense of artistic adventure, intelligence and playfulness that characterised the great director’s life and work.
Derek Jarman (January 31, 1942- February 19, 1994), British film director, artist, and writer.
Jarman’s first films were experimental super 8mm shorts, a form he never entirely abandoned, and later developed further (in his films Imagining October (1984), The Angelic Conversation (1985), The Last Of England (1987) and The Garden (1990)) as a parallel to his narrative work.
Jarman made his debut in “overground” narrative filmmaking with the groundbreaking Sebastiane (1976), arguably the first British film to feature positive images of gay sexuality, and the first (and to date, only) film entirely in Latin. He follwed this with the film many regard as his first masterpiece, Jubilee (shot 1977, released 1978), in which Queen Elizabeth I of England is transported forward in time to a desolate and brutal wasteland ruled by her twentieth century namesake. Jubilee was arguably the first UK punk movie, and amongst its cast featured punk groups and figures such as Wayne County… read more