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Wittgenstein (1993)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present


Derek Jarman | United Kingdom | 1993 | M


Wed 6 Nov 2024

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Jarman’s portrait of the titular philosopher, co-written with literary theorist Terry Eagleton and played with elegantly controlled enthusiasm by Karl Johnson, is both irreverent and deeply affectionate. Entirely studio-bound, Jarman presents episodes from Wittgenstein’s biography interspersed with philosophical treatises and debates, mixing serious inquiry into the nature of consciousness with unapologetically camp theatricality. Sandy Powell’s remarkable costumes add just the right amount of flamboyance. Co-stars Tilda Swinton and Michael Gough as Bertrand Russell. Winner of the Teddy for Best Feature at the Berlin International Film Festival.

35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

Presented in partnership with the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

Format: 35mm
Language: English, Russian with English subtitles
Source: NFSA
Runtime: 72 mins

Event duration

72 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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