Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Derek Jarman
Production: Zeitgeist Films
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Herr Schwinckel-Winkel,

hard at it on universals and particulars.

He has the pure intellectual passion in the

highest degree, and it makes me love him.

He says every morning

he begins his work with hope,

and every evening he ends in despair."

"We both have the same feeling

that one must understand or die.

He is the young man one hopes for.

His disposition is that of the artist,

intuitive and moody.

He affects me, just as I affect you.

I get to know every turn and twist of the ways

in which I irritate and depress you

- from watching how..."

"...he irritates and depresses me.

And at the same time I love and admire him.

His boiling passion may drive him anywhere. "


I Am Alone And Unobserved

In short, my medievalism's affectation

Born of a morbid love of admiration

God, the English are a queer bunch.

Lady Ottoline Morrell was the queerest.

She was fucking the gardener and Russell.

All the fun was in the country houses.

Everyone else was miserable.

Cambridge was miserable.

There was no oxygen there.

(Breathes hoarsely)

Can you imagine spending your evenings

with those pretentious apostles?

I was no fun at parties.

The drunken chit-chat of British intellectuals

bored me.

So, in desperation, I fled to Norway and built

a small house on a fjord at the end of the world.

I started to write Notes On Logic.

How can I be a logician

before I'm a human being?

The most important thing

is to settle accounts with myself.

It's much easier here in Norway.

The solitude is bliss.

I can do more work here in a day

than I can in a month around people.

Cambridge was absolutely unbearable!

A brothel.

Impossible to concentrate.

Here at last,

I feel... I'm solving things.

I've heard Herr Wittgenstein

has gone to Norway.

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Derek Jarman

Michael Derek Elworthy Jarman (31 January 1942 – 19 February 1994) was an English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener, and author. more…

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