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Kids flicks for Wittgenstein

By Jonathan Rée  

"Mustafa's Sweet Dreams" is one of a new wave of films featuring naturalistic performances by children

In Cambridge in the 1930s and 1940s, Ludwig Wittgenstein loved going to “the flicks”—any films at all, provided they were not self-consciously starry or arty or (worst of all) posh-literary. His ideal was the run-of-the mill American western. He liked it because the actors, like the horses, seemed to get on with being themselves rather than putting on an act for the sake of the camera.

Westerns are not what they used…

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