Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
"If I post this letter to New York, does that strengthen my conviction that the world exists?" Hilariously irreverent and delightfully unconventional, Derek Jarman's last narrative film explores the personal and philosophical dilemmas of one of the most influential minds of the 20th century, Ludwig Wittgenstein. Convinced he had solved all the problems of philosophy with his first published work at the age of 32, he later became plagued by doubt and questioned everything--most of all the relevance of philosophy itself. With a unique lighting and stage design, Wittgenstein is a kaleidoscope of crisp, vibrant colors and inky blacks, beautifully rendered in a new restored transfer. Jarman's legendary sense of humor and generous spirit shine through in this cheeky, touching and highly original portrait of a revolutionary thinker who preferred detective fiction and Carmen Miranda musicals to Aristotle.
- Restored anamorphic transfer, created from Hi-Def elements
- Video interviews with actress Tilda Swinton (Chronicles of Narnia), actor Karl Johnson and producer Tariq Ali
- Extensive behind-the-scenes footage
- Video introduction by film historian Ian Christie
- The Clearing (Alex Bistikas, 1994), a short film featuring Derek Jarman
- English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
- Liner notes by film critic/producer Colin MacCabe
"Its structure is so cleverly surreal it makes Fellini look like Ron Howard!" --Entertainment Weekly
"A unique biographical text quite unlike any other film biographies.... Staged with wit and humor." --The Austin Chronicle
"The film is like a Noel Coward revue, replete with droll dialogue, ostrich plumes dancing to piano accompaniment, and verbal sparring with a Martian--a remarkably entertaining portrait." --The Philadelphia Inquirer
Top customer reviews
Or course Wittgenstein later rejected the Tractatus as a failure and adopted a theory centered around language games. He considered the collection of possible games one that is impossible to describe because of its complexity. He supported this using the analogy of "family resemblance" that relates one game to another. His illustrations, unfortunately, all fall within the set of mathematical objects covered by mathematical game theory (including everything from hopscotch to poker, Go to quantum games). While that does not mean that his insights cannot be useful, it does imply that his pronouncements must be considered with some care.
This film, with its minimal dialogue and sets, bare and black backgrounds and short scenes, is imitative of the structure of the Tractatus. And it relates to the life of Wittgenstein just as the Tractatus does to the world. The film is a minimalist work of art whose subject is Wittgenstein, not a documentary. It focuses on the kind of tales that a student in philosophy learns in the hallway during the first year in graduate school. It's campy, fun and filled with humor and social critique. By the end, the missing backgrounds have come to symbolize the depth of missing information needed to understand Wittgenstein's philosophical views.
I enjoyed it as a work of art. It might be an interesting way to expose a rebellious or inquisitive person to some philosophical ideas and people in an entertaining way. Perhaps such a viewer will be tempted to fill in those missing backgrounds.
Most recent customer reviews
Also mixing kid's impressions with psycho-trembling of England-settled Austrian-grown...Read more