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Fountainhead

Gary Cooper , Patricia Neal , King Vidor    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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Based on the novel by philosopher Ayn Rand, this is the story of architect Howard Roark. An idealist, Roark believes he can balance his values with the needs of society. His mentor disagrees - encouraging him to compromise his integrity rather than suffer for his artistic goals. Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0) Subtitles: English, Spanish, French Dubbed: French Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only) Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Studio: Warner Home Video DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006 Run Time: 112 minutes


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1.0 out of 5 stars "Lifestyles of the Rich and Fascist" Oct. 27 2000
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The late Ayn Rand was the supreme proof of George Orwell's comment that only intellectuals can come up with certain ideas, because no ordinary person could be so stupid. This film, which is, quite simply, the most unintentionally funny movie I have ever seen,is valuable only because it shows clearly why so many people who ranted (her name really should have been Ayn Rant)about the (very real) horrors of Communism in the years after World War One eventually wound up snugly in the grasp of Herr Schicklgruber and his little elves. (And, yes, I know that Rand wasn't herself a Nazi; she just played one in print -- and here, on screen.) Cooper's architect is an embodiment of the way Hitler saw himself: a Promethean creator, rejected by the Establishment that didn't know a genius when it saw one.It's hard to know which of the film's many inanities is the choicest. The idea that a "yellow"(i.e.,tabloid)newspaper could get the masses of New York worked up into a riotous frenzy over -- ARCHITECTURAL STYLES????? The proposition that, even after years of getting high-profile commissions, Cooper is STILL helplessly at the mercy of unfeeling mediocrities, who can kill off his entire career with one press release? The notion that one can be put on trial for the crime of not following mass taste?(In AMERICA????? -- where the biggest problem has always been ESTABLISHING a tradition, not breaking free of one.)And, of course, like any good fascist, Miss Rand never concerns herself with corny old concepts like right and wrong. ("Beyond Good and Evil", doncha know.)Cooper actually DID commit the act of vandalism for which he is tried; yet his acquittal is treated like a triumph of justice(presumably because no one Miss Rand cared about happened to get caught in that explosion he set off). Read more ›
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The novel was actually an interesting study of pre-libertarian libertarian philosophy (objectivism/egoism...not egotism). Characters and plot were good in the novel. Even if one disagrees with the super-onesided argument against socialism (which I did), one can value the strength of Rand's arguments in the book...and enjoy the plot. Not so with the movie: poor (over)acting (reminded me of the pre-talkies over emoting), poor scipt (perhaps unavoidable when trying to condense SO much into a film format), and just dated ideas (such as a woman needed to be raped to enjoy sex), etc. I would not even consider it a B-movie classic, rather a TERRIBLE "A" movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To the glory of man! Jan. 13 2003
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Ayn Rand's masterpiece novel loses none of its plot and pace in this, somewhat shorter, film production. The theme of the film is: the individual verses the collective. And the individual, in this case played by Gary Cooper in the form of Howard Roark, is brilliantly portrayed through a sense of self-belief, determination and sheer ability. His ideological opposite, Elsworthy Toohey, is also well acted and personifies the evil collectivist who renounces all individual achievements and believes that men should act as their brother's keepers. Then there are in-between characters too - those of mixed premises - such as Gail Wynand and Dominique Francon. All of these dramatic individuals play their part in a compelling and well thought through story.
Perhaps one of the most impressive (although unsurprising given the author) facets of the film is that it actually has an underlying message: it's not merely a concoction of disjointed and pointless scenes. The climax and meaning to the whole story can be found in Roark's own testimony at his court case: his statement and explanation that man exists for his own sake, not for the sake of others.
This is definitely a film for those who believe in the hero of man the creator, though it will, almost certainly, be too close for comfort for the collectivist crowd!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay film but full of prejudices Oct. 27 2002
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The movie itself as an artistic film still holds up well, though it may not reach the heights of some other great Vidor films such as The Crowd. Gary Cooper actually does well in his role, though some might find him a bit miscast. The real problems of the movie are its prejudiced portrayal of traditional architecture and the flawed idea that creativity must be somehow new...Much of what is creative is not new.
1. The movie's prejudiced view of all classical/traditional architects as being narrow minded copycats of the past... well, does that mean Michaelangelo and Palladio were not creative artists? Sure classical architecture doesn't readily fit tall office buildings, but it is still beautiful and well-suited to smaller structures. With fresh inspiration, it can adapt and take on many creative directions, for example see Bernini's masterpieces or Thomas Jefferson's Monticello or Robert Adam's brilliant interiors or the many beautiful state capitol buildings. Besides the majority of people love it. And that's a lot more than can be said for most contemporary styles. Interestingly, a new approach to large office buildings may be to build much of it underground with only one or two stories overground in a beautiful classcial style. This fresh approach was successfuly used in Haifa, Israel for some Baha'i buildings.
2. Another problem with this movie is that it portrays people who love decorative detail as being uncivilized. What right does anyone have to criticize people who love classical details like arches and columns? That is what early American architecture was like, isn't it? Back then nobody said loving the majesty of columns and pediments was backwards.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Story of people with principles
I read the book a long time ago and it affected me a great deal. I read all I could get of this author and I still like her and the movie depicted the story very closely
Published 13 months ago by Lofflerova
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Fountainhead Fans
A great movie, romantic and stuck to the essence of the book. Ayn Rand personally wrote the condensed script for the movie. Read more
Published on April 29 2011 by Shane
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't need to know about the book to enjoy this film
While it was based on Ayn Rand's book, Ayn Rand personally altered the story to adapt it to film. It is a great movie that really makes the viewer think about many things... Read more
Published on March 7 2004 by Eric Kassan
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Hookum and a pure joy!
As an Architect, my opinion is biased by actual experience in this field, but, this movie made me laugh so hard the first time I saw it, it became one of my all time favorites. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by Victor A Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
If you liked the book... get this movie.
Published on Aug. 15 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars A movie with a BIG MESSAGE!
And then some... There doesn't seem to be one line in this film (or in the book) that doesn't telegraph Rand's "philosophy" like a punch to the proboscis. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Over the top expressionist romp
Absolutely enjoyable melodrama extraordinaire played with relish by all concerned. One favourite moment is when Patricia Neal is caught at home during business hours by her... Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2002 by Ian Muldoon
3.0 out of 5 stars See it if you haven't read the book, else skip it.
I was introduced to the work of Ayn Rand through her masterpiece
novel, "The Fountainhead. Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2002 by Howard Roark
4.0 out of 5 stars Faithful and yet too faithful the book.
The strong points in this film are the cinematography, the music score, the set design, and the faithfulness to the book. Read more
Published on June 15 2002 by S Smyth
4.0 out of 5 stars a good movie
the fountainhead is a good movie as far as it goes. having just read the book again, i realize that a lot of characters and events are missing, which would have made the movie... Read more
Published on June 10 2002
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