- 72 min
- 390 Views
If people did not sometimes...
...do silly things,
...intelligent would ever get done.
If people did not sometimes do silly things,
nothing intelligent would ever get done.
My name is Ludwig Wittgenstein.
I'm a prodigy.
I'm going to tell you my story.
I was born in 1889
to a filthy-rich family in Vienna.
I would like to introduce them to you.
- This is my mother, Leopoldine.
In fact, she was so busy
entertaining Brahms and Mahler
that we were left with the 26 tutors
Hermine, my oldest sister,
was an amateur painter.
Gretyl married an American
and was psychoanalysed by Freud.
Of Helene, we will remain silent.
Three of my brothers died young.
Hans ran away to America to escape dad,
and disappeared off a boat in Chesapeake Bay.
Kurt's troops rebelled in the First World War
and the shame drove him to suicide.
Rudolf, who was bent,
spent most of his time in Berlin.
When he wasn't being theatrical, he hung out
at the Scientific Humanitarian Committee.
He topped himself drinking a glass of cyanide
in his favourite bar.
That leaves Paul. He was a concert pianist,
but lost an arm in the war.
Ravel composed the
Concerto for the Left Hand especially for him.
And as for Dad, he was always in the office
investing in American bonds.
That's how we escaped inflation
and stayed rich -
mega-rich - like the Rockefellers.
In art, it is hard to say anything
as good as saying nothing.
Even to have expressed false thought boldly
and clearly is to have gained a great deal.
The horrors of hell
can be experienced in a single day.
That's plenty of time.
(Babble of muttering)
I was to spend a lifetime
disentangling myself from my education.
"Quite the best to be had in Vienna," Mum said.
I shared a history teacher with Adolf Hitler.
What a scream.
(Babble of voices intensifies)
(Cacophony of voices)
If someone is merely ahead of time,
it will catch him up one day.
I am in England.
Everything around me tells me so.
Tell me how you're searching,
and I'll tell you what you're searching for.
I'm a philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Who are you?
You could call me Mr Green.
May I ask you a question?
How many toes do philosophers have?
That's how many humans have.
Mr Green, philosophers are humans
and know how many toes they have.
Does that mean
Martians can't be philosophers?
- Oh, God.
LUDWIG AS AN ADULT: I escaped the family
by going to Manchester University.
an industrial town in the English north.
(Laughs) I remember my father saying,
"Where there's muck, there's brass."
Well, my aim was to be
a pioneer in aeronautics.
But my experiments
ended in a teenage failure and I gave up.
I abandoned my unsuccessful attempt
to design an engine,
and, like the English hero, Dick Whittington,
went south to Cambridge
to study philosophy with Bertrand Russell.
Why won't you just admit
there's no rhinoceros in this room?
Because, Professor Russell,
the world is made up of facts, not things.
Look for yourself.
I tell you for a fact,
there is no rhinoceros in this room!
The issue is metaphysical, not empirical.
I thought the next big step in philosophy
would be yours.
Now I am not so sure.
"Dear Ottoline,Rate this script:0.0 / 0 votes
Translate and read this script in other languages:
Select another language:
- - Select -
- 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
- 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
- Español (Spanish)
- Esperanto (Esperanto)
- 日本語 (Japanese)
- Português (Portuguese)
- Deutsch (German)
- العربية (Arabic)
- Français (French)
- Русский (Russian)
- ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
- 한국어 (Korean)
- עברית (Hebrew)
- Gaeilge (Irish)
- Українська (Ukrainian)
- اردو (Urdu)
- Magyar (Hungarian)
- मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
- Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Italiano (Italian)
- தமிழ் (Tamil)
- Türkçe (Turkish)
- తెలుగు (Telugu)
- ภาษาไทย (Thai)
- Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
- Čeština (Czech)
- Polski (Polish)
- Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Românește (Romanian)
- Nederlands (Dutch)
- Ελληνικά (Greek)
- Latinum (Latin)
- Svenska (Swedish)
- Dansk (Danish)
- Suomi (Finnish)
- فارسی (Persian)
- ייִדיש (Yiddish)
- հայերեն (Armenian)
- Norsk (Norwegian)
- English (English)
Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:
"Wittgenstein" Scripts.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 25 Mar. 2023. <https://www.scripts.com/script/wittgenstein_23588>.
Discuss this script with the community:
We're doing our best to make sure our content is useful, accurate and safe.
If by any chance you spot an inappropriate comment while navigating through our website please use this form to let us know, and we'll take care of it shortly.
You need to be logged in to favorite.