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Derek Jarman´s WITTENSTEIN is a spare, understated look at the life and work of the brilliant, tortured philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.
A highly stylized comic biography of eccentric German philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (Karl Johnson), this film features the thinker struggling with the absurdities of his life, including a bright green martian and an out-of-place rhinoceros, while also tackling serious subjects such as society´s feared reaction to his own homosexuality. Derek Jarman directs this spare, understated look at the life and work of the brilliant yet tortured man. Utilizing only a sparse collection of props to evoke each era and locale, the film follows Wittgenstein from his childhood home in Vienna (symbolized simply by a grand piano) to his enlistment in World War I and, finally, to Cambridge University in England, where he befriended scholars Maynard Keynes (John Quentin) and Bertrand Russell (Michael Gough) and engaged in homosexual affairs with his students. Although he left Cambridge several times, briefly living in Norway and once trying to move to Soviet Russia to assist the revolution there, Wittgenstein always returned to the university--and it was there he finally died. Throughout his life, the philosopher, whose writings explored issues of language and communication, struggled futilely to make others understand his own complex words and ideas--a sentiment expertly captured by Jarman´s unique film.
|Skådespelare:||Clancy Chassay, Karl Johnson, Jill Balcon, Roger Cook|
|Bild:||Widescreen 16:9 Anamorfisk|
|Ljud:||Engelska DD Stereo|
|-Video interviews iwth Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton), 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
-Liner notes by film critic/producer Colin MacCabe
Upplagd i sortimentet: 1 Juli, 2008