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Cinematic Investigations: At the Picturehouse with Wittgenstein

An essay by Lillian Crawford

Do not be put off by the title. This is by no means a paper looking at Wittgensteinian philosophy in relation to cinema – I am not advanced enough to attempt such an essay, and there is already a book dedicated to that subject (Opens in a new window). My reasons for writing about cinema and the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein are entirely personal. There are some strange parallels between my formative experiences as a cinephile and Wittgenstein’s life which may resonate with others who take comfort in the quietude of the picturehouse. Allow me this moment of philosophical self-investigation.

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