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Product Details

  • Actors: Patricia Neal, Gary Cooper, Raymond Massey
  • Directors: King Vidor
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Nov. 14 2006
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HWZ4A2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,960 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Fountainhead, The (DVD)

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Urizen on Jan. 1 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I have been accused of being a collectivist because I do not enjoy Ayn Rand's novels. I'd always tried to argue that it wasn't the message that I disagreed with, but the delivery. In fact, I whole heartedly believe that man's individuality is his greatest strength, that true virtue can only be reached when man stands alone, and that a person should not have to compromise his or her vision to serve society. I also don't suffer under the delusion that this is an amazing revelation and that I am one of the few people in the world that understands this.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mad Dog on Aug. 17 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Rand had unprecedented control over this film: approval of cast, script (she rewrote Cooper's final speech making it LONGER), and all the other nonsense.
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11 2002
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Oh, it's hard to rate this film with stars.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 11 2002
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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. The pompous & silly propagandizing is worse than Riefenstahl's films for Hitler. But it was prescient in one very key sense. It anticipated the strong need of today's viewing & reading public for easy-to-understand formulas that substitute for real thinking (& "self" understanding). Good cinematography though. Vidor always did have a great feel for the WPA look.
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By A Customer on June 21 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The one trait, in my mind, that keeps movies from being the greatest of art forms, in that they date so quickly. If you read a Tolstoy novel, or a Hemingway novel, or see a Van Gogh painting, or listen to a Bach concerto, and someone told you it was created last year, it would be believable. But movies date badly, as does the "Fountainhead." The emotions of those who saw it when it was released, are not the same for those who see it now. And even if it were filmed today, it's a very contrived movie. Howard Roark is an architect, for God's sake. But the movie treats him like he's saving the world from the Ebola virus. That his one-man crusade is THAT important. Read Tom Wolfe's FROM BAUHAUS TO OUR HOUSE for an overview of the architectural movement this movie's plot is taken from.
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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