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The Fountainhead (Sous-titres franais)

Patricia Neal , Gary Cooper , King Vidor    DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars To the glory of man! Jan. 13 2003
Format:VHS Tape
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Form must follow function... Jan. 1 2001
By Urizen
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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4.0 out of 5 stars what the movie really is about Dec 31 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I noticed a lot of poor reviews of this movie and it seems as though those viewers do not truly understand what the movie is about. Some complain that it is an absurd parallel to Hitler and the Nazi party. Others complain that it is to fake because people would never get worked up over this mans architeture style. Well the truth is that the majority of these reviews are WRONG. Granted they all wanted to seem intellectual and rave about the philosophical significance of the novel and how it carried over into the movie, I can not knock them for that, but never before have I seen someone so off base when it comes to the meaning of this movie. The main character in the movie, played by Cooper, is actually a mock of the real life architect Frank Lloyd Wright, on of America's greatest architects may I add. He really did encounter many of the same things as Coopers character did, including getting kicked out of Architecture school and people not excepting his work. Just recently the novel and movie "PRIMARY COLORS" was released, and many know that the book is an interpretation of Bill Clinton's life. Many of the characters in it do not have the same name as the people they represent in real life. The style used in THE FOUNTAINHEAD is the exact same as the novel PRIMARY COLORS, real people and events, different names. So I suggest buying this movie and ignore many of the ignorant reviews placed at this site.
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3.0 out of 5 stars NOT A BAD ADAPTATION - BUT READ THE BOOK FIRST... July 22 2000
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THE FOUNTAINHEAD's protagonist, Howard Roark, is loosely based on the life of maverick architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and many of Roark's buildings are patterned after Wright's works.
Howard Roark is a fiercely independent architect who would prefer obscurity and anonymity over wealth and popularity by not conforming to the common expectations of a collectivist society.
Hollywood likes to make films based on best-selling books because they come with a built-in audience. However, in the case of Ayn Rand's epic; "The Fountainhead", translating a novel replete with lengthy didactic speeches into a Hollywood blockbuster proved extremely difficult, especially since Rand wrote the screenplay herself and insisted that no dialogue be changed without her approval. The result, while a failure at the box office, continues to be one of the most noteworthy of American films.
The lasting power of the film lies not in the quality of acting or cleverness of plot, but in the power of Rand's message: that all progress and achievement come from the independent mind; and that NO one should be forced to work for the "common good" or conform to the wishes of others. It is this message to which all other elements of the film are subordinated.
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Roark meets architecture critic Dominique Francon while she surveys her father's stone quarry. The two fall in love but Roark suddenly leaves for New York to take a commission. Dominique decides to marry Gail Wynand, the arrogant, rich publisher of " The Banner", a newspaper that delivers to the public what they want to hear. Within these pages Roark is initially attacked for his radical designs. Eventually Wynand realizes Roark's talents.
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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 16 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay film but full of prejudices
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 more
Published on Oct. 27 2002
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
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