Wittgenstein
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Derek Jarman directed this witty, stylish biography of the life of the eccentric 20th-century 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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Johnson tore into his role like a hungry barnyard dog into a carcass."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of Britain's most famous avant garde filmmakers, Derek Jarman, constructs a biopic of Viennese philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein with a bravura display of visual imagery"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Offers many zany snapshots of the 20th century Austrian who made philosophy more self-conscious"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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