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17 September 1993 (USA) See more »
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Clancy Chassay ... Young Wittgenstein

Jill Balcon ... Leopoldine Wittgenstein
Sally Dexter ... Hermine Wittgenstein
Gina Marsh ... Gretyl Wittgenstein
Vanya Del Borgo ... Helene Wittgenstein
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
Anna Campeau ... Tutor
Mike O'Pray ... Tutor
Nabil Shaban ... Martian

Karl Johnson ... Ludwig Wittgenstein

Michael Gough ... Bertrand Russell

Tilda Swinton ... Lady Ottoline Morrell
Donald McInnes ... Hairdresser
Hussein McGraw
Christopher Hughes (as Chris Hughes)
Budge Tremlett
Aisling Magill ... Schoolgirl
Perry Kadir
John Quentin ... Maynard Keynes
Kevin Collins ... Johnny
Lynn Seymour ... Lydia Lopokova
Ashley Russell ... Student
Stuart Bennett
David Mansell ... Student
Steven Downes ... Student
Peter Fillingham ... Student
Fayez Samara ... Student
Samantha Cones
Kate Temple
Sarah Graham
Layla Alexander Garrett ... Sophie Janovskaya
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Directed by
Derek Jarman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ken Butler  writer
Terry Eagleton  writer
Derek Jarman  writer

Produced by
Tariq Ali .... producer
Takashi Asai .... executive producer
Ben Gibson .... executive producer
Eliza Mellor .... executive producer in charge of production
Original Music by
Jan Latham-Koenig 
Cinematography by
James Welland 
Film Editing by
Budge Tremlett 
Art Direction by
Annie La Paz 
Costume Design by
Sandy Powell 
Makeup Department
Morag Ross .... hair stylist
Morag Ross .... makeup artist
Production Management
Anna Campeau .... production manager
Gina Marsh .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Hewitt .... second assistant director
Davina Nicholson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Kevin Rowe .... art department
Sound Department
Toby Calder .... sound editor
Paul Carr .... dubbing mixer
George Richards .... sound
Other crew
Ken Butler .... associate director
Stephen Masters .... titles designer
David Roden .... researcher

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72 min | Sweden:75 min
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13 out of 16 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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