The Austin Film Society will hold a screening of Derek Jarman’s 1993 film, Wittgeinstein, tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.
Like last week’s Caravaggio, Wittgenstein is an expressionistic and much embellished account that explores the edges of the life of an unequivocal genius. Ludwig Wittgenstein was one of the 20th century’s greatest philosophers, devoting much of his life to the nature and limits of language. Born in Vienna and growing up during World War II before finally establishing himself at Cambridge, Wittgenstein was friend to philosopher Bertrand Russell and economist John Maynard Keynes as well as a homosexual who lived a quiet yet frustrating love life. Jarman finds kinship with a man who dissected language yet found difficulty in communicating what he saw as actuality, not philosophy.
The film will be accompanied by Jarman’s 60 minute autobiographical documentary, Glitterbug. Check the AFS website for more information.