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OCTOBER 15

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“You know, I’d quite liked to have composed a philosophical work which consisted entirely of jokes,” remarks the title character near the end of Derek Jarman’s Wittgenstein. This remarkable film, scripted by British literary critic Terry Eagleton and a triumph of low-budget staging, does not consist entirely of jokes, but it is Jarman’s most playful work in years, and as remarkably true to the philosopher’s life and thought as it is to the director’s sensibility. Friday at 8 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden’s Ring Auditorium, 7th & Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (Mark Jenkins)