Wittgenstein (1993)

DEREK JARMAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

Japan/United Kingdom, 1993.  BFI Production, Bandung Productions, Channel Four Films, Uplink.  Screenplay by Derek Jarman, .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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.

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