Wittgenstein Abecedarium is an experimental documentary film about the Austrian philosopher, architect, engineer, school teacher, gardener, and inventor, Ludwig Wittgenstein. It premiered at Storey's Field Center in Cambridge, UK on June 30th, 2022.
The next showing will be on Tuesday, 7 March, 2023 at 6pm-8pm, in Wolfson Hall at Churchill College,
University of Cambridge. The filmmaker will be present.
"Wittgenstein Abecedarium is a magnificent 'experimental documentary' by the American film maker Jeffrey Hall. It explores the life and cultural resonances of Ludwig Wittgenstein. But this is far from a cradle-to-grave narrative. The alphabet plays a more dominant part than a timeline. The film exhibits the multiple cultural forms which engagement with the philosopher has produced, from rock bands playing his words, through TV talking-heads, to footage of Joan Bevan recounting Wittgenstein's last days at her Storey's Way home. Jeff spent eighteen months filming in Cambridge, mainly at the Ascension Burial Ground on Huntingdon Road, where the philosopher is the most visited 'resident'. Alphabets in turn led Jeff to being entranced by the exquisite and poignant lettering on the hundreds of gravestones at the Burial Ground. The film morphs into a multi-dimensional visual celebration of the site of Wittgenstein's last resting place."
-- Mark Goldie
""The film has a coherence which one does not grasp until at least 30 minutes in. It is worth one's time and concentration."
- Richard Baron