Wittgenstein (1993)

If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.

  • Genre: Drama, History
  • Release Date: 1993-03-26
  • User Rating: 6.7/10 from 41 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 15min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: British Film Institute
  • Production Country: Japan, United Kingdom
  • Director:
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A dramatization, in modern theatrical style, of the life and thought of the Viennese-born, Cambridge-educated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, whose principal interest was the nature and limits of language. A series of sketches depict the unfolding of his life from boyhood, through the era of the first World War, to his eventual Cambridge professorship and association with Bertrand Russell and John Maynard Keynes. The emphasis in these sketches is on the exposition of the ideas of Wittgenstein, a homosexual, and an intuitive, moody, proud, and perfectionistic thinker generally regarded as a genius.

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  • Clancy Chassay

    as Young Wittgenstein
  • Karl Johnson

    as Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • Michael Gough

    as Betrand Russell
  • Tilda Swinton

    as Lady Ottoline Morrell
  • Kevin Collins

    as Johnny
  • Nabil Shaban

    as Martian
  • Sally Dexter

    as Hermine Wittgenstein
  • Lynn Seymour

    as Lydia Lopokova
  • Jill Balcon

    as Leopoldine Wittgenstein
  • Gina Marsh

    as Gretyl Wittgenstein
  • Vanya Del Borgo

    as Helene Wittgenstein
  • Ben Scantlebury

    as Hans Wittgenstein
  • Howard Sooley

    as Kurt Wittgenstein
  • David Radzinowicz

    as Rudolf Wittgenstein
  • Jan Latham-Koenig

    as Paul Wittgenstein
  • John Quentin

    as John Maynard Keynes
  • Layla Alexander Garrett

    as Sophie Janovskaya
  • Donald McInnes

    as Hairdresser
  • Tony Peake

    as Tutor
  • Michelle Wade

    as Tutor
  • Tanya Wade

    as Tutor
  • Christopher Hughes

    as Prisoner
  • Roger Cook

    as Tutor
  • Anna Campeau

    as Tutor
  • Mike O'Pray

    as Tutor
  • Hussein McGraw

    as Prisoner
  • Budge Tremlett

    as Prisoner
  • Aisling Magill

    as Schoolgirl
  • Perry Kadir

    as Artist's Model
  • Ashley Russell

    as Student
  • Stuart Bennett

    as Student
  • David Mansell

    as Student
  • Steven Downes

    as Student
  • Peter Fillingham

    as Student
  • Fayez Samara

    as Student
  • Samantha Cones

    as Cyclist
  • Kate Temple

    as Cyclist
  • Sarah Graham

    as Cyclist
Costume & Make-Up Sandy Powell Costume Design
Camera James Welland Director of Photography
Directing Derek Jarman Director
Writing Derek Jarman Writer
Writing Ken Butler Writer
Editing Budge Tremlett Editor
Writing Terry Eagleton Writer