The Fountainhead (Sous-titres franais)
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Unfortunately, her writing and the film adaptation of her book "The Fountainhead" makes it clear that she did believe this. The way people talk is ridiculous. Nearly everything that came out of the mouths of the "bad guys" was something like: "What hope can one man have to stand against the will of the majority? In an age such as ours we can not afford to have individuals who dare hold their own vision." The dialogue is really that silly.
Rand called her style of writing Romantic Realism. Romantic because it dealt with people not as they are, but as they should be. Realism because her stories were set in the real world. Since the good guys (like the supreme egoist and hero of the film Howard Roark) embody her Romantic ideal, I am only left to believe that she put the bad guys (the conformists and collectivists) into the realism column. That is absurd. I'm sorry Ms. Rand, but people don't talk like that, and very very few people think like that.
That is the main flaw of this film and Ayn Rand's fiction in general -- it is not set in the real world. Her message would have been countless times more effective had it strived to show the more subtle ways that people are made to conform and compromise.Read more ›
And it's all crap. But MAGNIFICENT crap.
See EVIL ARCHITECTS CONSPIRE AGAINST THE INDIVIDUAL!
See SPIRIT OF MAN TRIUMP OVER MEDIO...MEDIORCH... DULLNESS!
See PATRICIA NEAL WHIP COOPER (literally) UNTIL HE RAPES HER (her idea)!
See RIOTS IN THE STREET OVER A BUILDING! Yep.
See SETS WITHOUT WALLS! Very cool effect
See AN OFFICE THE SIZE OF CONNETICUT! So big the ceiling is a matte painting.
See EVERYONE SHOVE THEIR JAWS FORWARD! They must've all had their retainers in upside down.
See THE HOMO-EROTIC QUARRY! Really, it's creepy... those distant explosions...
Finally a movie that shows ARCHITECTURE the way it really is.
WHY CAN'T I GIVE THIS FILM TEN STARS?!!! You goddam Collectivists!
The problem is dramatic; Pat Neal is mesmerizing as Dominique, and Vidor moves the movie along with brilliant momentum.
Then we have Gary Cooper, who seems embarrassed - as well he should - by the cartoonish dialogue. All right, Rand wants to ram her objectivist views down every available throat. But surely someone with a sense of good dialogue was near the set? Her screenplay is riddled with sentiments expressed as subtly as the 'Ka-POWS!' in the Batman TV show. Herds of sheeplike businessmen say 'But what's the good in originality?', or, 'Look here, old man, one mustn't fight popular opinion!'. It's really that banal.
Too bad. I don't much care about the philosophy Rand espouses, either way. What bothers me is that a ridiculously clumsy trumpeting of it ruins what good have been a classic film.
I do like Patricia Neal in this. I didn't read the book, so was not disappointed by Gary Cooper's age. For me his being so long in the tooth helped me believe he really felt his convictions. I mean, he's not far off from retirement age in this movie, and he's still refusing to compromise for the sake of financial security.
Incidentally, Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal had a real-life love affair as a result of this movie. So the passion she shows for him on screen is real. (Gary Cooper was incapable of showing passion!).
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Although this film espousing the philosophy of Ayn Rand is quite dated now and the acting more than a bit over the top, this film is top of the list for fans of Patricia Neal. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elizabeth Leslie
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 closelyPublished on July 21 2013 by Lofflerova
A great movie, romantic and stuck to the essence of the book. Ayn Rand personally wrote the condensed script for the movie. Read morePublished on April 29 2011 by Shane
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 morePublished on March 7 2004 by Eric Kassan
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 morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by Victor A Smith
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2003
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2002