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Cinema's AlchemistThe Films of Péter Forgács$
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Bill Nichols and Michael Renov

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816648740

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816648740.001.0001

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The World Rewound

The World Rewound

Wittgenstein Tractatus

(p.195) 11 The World Rewound
Cinema's Alchemist

Whitney Davis

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on Péter Forgács’s remarkable film Wittgenstein Tractatus (1992). The film endorses the particular capacity of film to re-view the world as seen (or found) by us: it is as much a filmic meditation on Wittgenstein’s thoughts about world picturing as it is a Wittgensteinian meditation on cinematic or other pictorializations of our knowledge of the world. As a collation of filmed footage, the film is an elusive montage of ordinary but often suggestive and unsettling images. Almost all of them were derived by Forgács in public collections and private archives in Hungary. They are accompanied by subtitles, voice-overs, and interleaved titles entirely drawn from writings by Wittgenstein. The film presents itself as an engagement with Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

Keywords:   Péter Forgács, film, Wittgenstein Tractatus, meditation, cinematic, public collection, private archives, Hungary

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