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A dramatization, in modern theatrical style, of the life and thought of the Viennese-born, Cambridge-educated... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Karl Johnson ... Ludwig Wittgenstein

Michael Gough ... Bertrand Russell

Tilda Swinton ... Lady Ottoline Morrell
John Quentin ... John Maynard Keynes
Kevin Collins ... Johnny
Clancy Chassay ... Young Ludwig Wittgenstein
Nabil Shaban ... Martian
Sally Dexter ... Hermine Wittgenstein
Lynn Seymour ... Lydia Lopokova
Donald McInnes ... Hairdresser

Jill Balcon ... Leopoldine Wittgenstein
Gina Marsh ... Gretyl Wittgenstein
Vanya Del Borgo ... Helene Wittgenstein (as Vania Del Borgo)
Ben Scantlebury ... Hans Wittgenstein
Howard Sooley ... Kurt Wittgenstein
David Radzinowicz ... Rudolf Wittgenstein
Jan Latham-Koenig ... Paul Wittgenstein
Tony Peake ... Tutor
Michelle Wade ... Tutor
Tanya Wade ... Tutor
Roger Cook ... Tutor
Alasdair McGaw ... Prisoner (as Hussein McGraw)
Anna Campeau ... Tutor
Mike O'Pray ... Tutor
Christopher Hughes ... Prisoner (as Chris Hughes)
Budge Tremlett ... Prisoner
Aisling Magill ... Schoolgirl
Perry Kadir ... Artist's Model
Ashley Russell ... Student
Stuart Bennett ... Student
David Mansell ... Student
Steven Downes ... Student
Peter Fillingham ... Student
Fayez Samara ... Student
Samantha Cones ... Cyclist
Kate Temple ... Cyclist
Sarah Graham ... Cyclist
Layla Alexander Garrett ... Sophia Janovskaya

Directed by
Derek Jarman 
Writing credits
Derek Jarman (written by) and
Terry Eagleton (written by) and
Ken Butler (written by)

Produced by
Tariq Ali .... producer
Takashi Asai .... executive producer: Uplink
Ben Gibson .... executive producer: BFI
Film Editing by
Budge Tremlett 
Art Direction by
Annie La Paz 
Costume Design by
Sandy Powell 
Makeup Department
Miri Ben-Schlomo .... assistant hair stylist (as Miri Ben-Shlomo)
Miri Ben-Schlomo .... assistant makeup artist (as Miri Ben-Shlomo)
Morag Ross .... key hair stylist
Morag Ross .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Anna Campeau .... production manager
Gina Marsh .... production manager
Eliza Mellor .... executive in charge of production: BFI
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ken Butler .... associate director
Richard Hewitt .... second assistant director
Davina Nicholson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mandy Barnes .... art department assistant
Peter Fillingham .... art department assistant
Karl Lydon .... art department assistant
Madeleine Morris .... art department assistant
Ruth Naylor .... art department assistant
Melanie Oliver .... art department standby
Matthew Parsons .... scenic artist
Kevin Rowe .... art department standby
Kate Stubbs .... property buyer
Jonathan Wells .... carpenter
David Williams .... carpenter
Sound Department
Orin Beaton .... boom operator
Toby Calder .... sound editor
Paul Carr .... dubbing mixer
George Richards .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Denzil Armour-Brown .... focus puller
John Donne .... grip (as Johnny Donne)
Debbie Kaplan .... clapper loader
Araf Khan .... second camera assistant
Drew Meldon .... rigger
Howard Sooley .... still photographer
John Turley .... gaffer
Cephus Vazquez-Howard .... best boy
James Welland .... lighting camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Penny McDonald .... wardrobe supervisor (as Penny Beard)
Michael Weldon .... wardrobe assistant
Music Department
Paul Barrett .... musician: violin
Judith Hall .... musician: flute
André Jacquemin .... music mixer (as Andre Jacquemin)
Jan Latham-Koenig .... musical director
Jan Latham-Koenig .... musician: piano
Other crew
Gordon Baskerville .... production assistant
Emily Caston .... unit runner
Ademola Falola .... caterer
Polly Hope .... production secretary
Sky Macaskill .... stand-in
Stephen Masters .... titles (as Steve Masters)
Pearl Morrison .... script supervisor
Trevor Williams .... unit runner
David Roden .... researcher (uncredited)
Karen Brown .... special thanks
John Krausa .... special thanks
Colin MacCabe .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Under-appreciated, perhaps misunderstood, unique surreal treat, 24 December 2009
Author: moiestatz from Philippines

I only have a slight idea about Wittgenstein's life and work. Perhaps this is the main difference I have with viewers who hate this film. Unsatisfied reviewers seem to fuss over which things should have been included in a film about Wittgenstein or how his life should be understood or examined. My contention with this approach is that I don't need to agree with a film's views to appreciate it. I appreciate writers' and directors' liberties in interpreting subject matter, especially creative and witty interpretations.

For fans of surreal and different films, this movie is delightfully and intelligently entertaining. The ton of symbolisms--understated, colorful, clever, cryptic, obvious or not--will make you appreciate the directorial style and the screenplay's ingenuity, and help you understand the philosopher in ways that will not put you to sleep like if you're reading one of his treatises. Breaking the fourth wall with the young Wittgenstein's charming and engaging acting is a treat. The old Wittgenstein's portrayal depicts torture and torment well. An evident contrast exists between the black background and the vivid, exuberant costumes and props--much like the dark life of the protagonist, and the flashy treatment of his life here, but far from flash without substance.

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