Derek Jarman immaculately lenses a series of dazzling, colourful pictures to illustrate the tortured life of Austrian-born philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (Karl Johnson). Wittgenstein is shown as a boy living a repressive youth, demonstrated by his family appearing in Roman togas. When Wittgenstein leaves to study under Bertrand Russell at Cambridge, he begins to investigate language and apply the strictures and constructs of language to philosophical study. The subject of Wittgenstein's homosexuality is depicted when, after World War I, he falls in love with a poor philosophy student, Johnny (Kevin Collins). Also portrayed is Wittgenstein's death at an early age from prostate cancer.

Year: 1993
Genre: Queer Cinema, Film Festivals 1993, Art and Artists on Film, Biography
Country: UK
Director: Derek Jarman
Starring: Karl Johnson, Michael Gough, Tilda Swinton
Duration: 69 Minutes
Rating: M - Contains low level offensive language.
Location in store: Art House Cinema



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