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Derek Jarman directed this witty, stylish biography of the life of the eccentric 20th-century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (Karl Johnson). Wittgenstein is shown as a boy living a repressive youth, demonstrated by his family appearing in Roman togas. When Wittgenstein leaves to study under Bertrand Russell at Cambridge, he begins to investigate language and apply the strictures and constructs of language to philosophical study. The subject of Wittgenstein's homosexuality is depicted when, after World War I, he falls in love with a poor philosophy student, Johnny (Kevin Collins). Also portrayed is Wittgenstein's death at an early age from prostate cancer.~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

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Derek Jarman
Derek Jarman, Terry Eagleton, Ken Butler
Karl Johnson
Michael Gough
Tilda Swinton
John Quentin
Kevin Collins
Clancy Chassay
Jill Balcon
Sally Dexter
Nabil Shaban
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