Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Japan/United Kingdom, 1993. BFI Production, Bandung Productions, Channel Four Films, Uplink. Screenplay by Derek Jarman, Terry Eagleton, Ken Butler. Produced by Tariq Ali. Production Design by Annie La Paz. Costume Design by Sandy Powell. Film Editing by Budge Tremlett.
Derek Jarman’s second-to-last film is another film biography of a famous artist, this time focusing on the life and work of twentieth century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Told in a very abstract style with bare sets and opulent costumes (much like Jarman’s previous Edward II), it is narrated by a young Ludwig who gives brief biographies of his family members before showing different scenes from his very interesting life. Tilda Swinton is terrific in ridiculously large Sandy Powell-designed hats as society patroness Lady Ottaline Morell, and all of her scenes are the film’s best.