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Feature Friday: “Wittgenstein” (1993)

Most of this site’s readers are no doubt busy with AWP, but I’ll still throw up a film to watch. And it’ll be something literary:

Wittgenstein, by Derek Jarman

I’ve loved this movie ever since I first saw it in the late 90s. I’m a huge fan of Jarman’s work, in general. This + Blue + Caravaggio are my three favorites of his films.

It would take a whole book for me to sort out how I feel about his cinema. Is it too sentimental? Is it too reductive? Did Jarman really get Wittgenstein?

I don’t know. But Jarman’s cinema is so loving, and so beautiful, and so sincere—this film makes me cry buckets every time I see it. And it’s no longer possible for me to read Wittgenstein’s work without thinking about it.

So, for me at least, it’s a truly great film. As for you, if you have any thoughts on it, let me know!


About A. D. Jameson

A. D. Jameson is the author of five books, most recently I FIND YOUR LACK OF FAITH DISTURBING: STAR WARS AND THE TRIUMPH OF GEEK CULTURE and CINEMAPS: AN ATLAS OF 35 GREAT MOVIES (with artist Andrew DeGraff). Last May, he received his Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the Program for Writers at UIC.
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