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Wittgenstein Reviews

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jimbotender
jimbotender

Super Reviewer

September 21, 2008
Oh joy to the youngsters,the gracious question marks,what is logic?The end of reluctance,a desperate tangling,perjury,yes.
Apostrophe and immortality.Communication is the key but while we're eagerly waiting for the key,philosophy can bulk our sodding curiosity.
October 6, 2012
Heartfelt and occasionally whimsical performances by all cast members in dealing with a subject that combines the abstract and the personal. The philosophical aspects of Wittgenstein's views on language are closely tied to the difficulties associated with his personality and thus engage the audience in a human story. The minimalism inherent in the screenplay makes this subject more suitable for the stage than the studio. However, it is worth the sacrifice since its accessibility of a stage production to the general audience would be rare.
June 26, 2012
With an impressive script by the talented Terry Eagleton, Derek Jarman's experimental biographical film about the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein is a truly fascinating film. Having never read the works of Wittgenstein, I can't say how accurate it is regarding his philosophy. However, the concepts and questions raised cannot be ignored and are intriguing enough to continue watching this through it's entirety. This isn't a long film, but it's certainly a great film which certainly makes us think during and after the film. Using a minimalist set, we are able to get pure Wittgenstein through the spectacular performances of Karl Johnson and Clancy Chassay as Old and Young Wittgenstein as well as Michael Gough's performance as Bertrand Russell. Everyone else, though, is fantastic and worth noting and they make a great job at transferring both his life story and his philosophy in little over an hour. This is one of Jarman's greatest works and should not go unnoticed.
June 12, 2012
An amazing biopic reminiscent of Dali's cinematography. A short film, I am still thinking about what it means.
December 12, 2008
Terry Eagleton's script provides ample pleasures despite the fact that we get a cliched glimpse of Wittgenstein's though through the inclusion of some of his maxims. Not the best Jarman film - it wasn't meant to be anyway - but one which proves that his aesthetic vision is still capable of conjuring unique imagery.
April 27, 2011
Only a film as bizarre as this could paint an accurate picture of the mind of Wittgenstein. Its only downfall, in my opinion, is that the structure of the film would have been better as a play than an actual movie. Otherwise, its entertaining and funny as hell, and its actually a decent introduction to Wittgenstein's ideas.
Jonny B

Super Reviewer

April 3, 2011
Eccentric and enjoyable and mildly informative to those who are not familiar with Wittgenstein.
Seth C.
May 23, 2010
Wittgenstein was arguably the most brilliant philosopher of the 20th century, and inarguably one of the most influential. This isn't so much a start-conflict-resolution structure film as it is a sincere portrait of a conflicted genius who is every bit as critical of himself as he is those around him. Derek Jarman does what he does best here: the set design, costumes, and makeup are fakely realistic and realistically fake, with colors clashing with one another in just the right way (perhaps the product of his failing eyesight as a result of his battle with AIDS). Karl Johnson is brilliant in the title role, and while one might criticize the film for devoting too much time to Wittgenstein's probable homosexuality, one cannot blame Jarman for portraying Wittgenstein as *he* knew and loved him.
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