The Fountain Head
When Ayn Rand wrote this book; the Fountain Head, she envisioned a hero, Howard Roark, that represents the ideal man, one we should get to know, understand and emulate. Individualism is the impacting message Ayn Rand leaves with us. Played by Gary Cooper; who takes on the role of the hero, the aspiring architect with an uncompromising creative vision, that will not bend when it comes to his beliefs and convictions... whether for a job, rewards, fame, or for acceptance. This movie represents a brilliant execution of one of the best books ever written! As a young child, Ayn Rand, witnessed the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, which she denounced from its outset. Living through the struggle made a mark on her personality, for through her writings we clearly understand the theory of individualism. Would highly recommend owning this movie if you want to learn about a hero who will relentlessly pursue his dreams without compromising his soul! Awesome!
In Dallas, Cooper is fun and as usual... debonaire. His role as Confederate raider Blayde "Reb" Hollister, is interesting to watch. The script is lively; with lots of action, and at times, rather funny, so we enjoyed it! We have watched most of the DVDs in this series thanks to the visit from one of our relatives; Arnold Kline, who simply... loves Cooper! Without a doubt, this DVD collection is something we should own, if we want to enjoy best in class performances!
The Wreck of the Mary Deare
Aboard the freighter Mary Deare we find Gary Cooper, alone, involved in what seems to be a rather mysterious ship abandonment. Charlton Heston, in the ship salvaging business, is rather interested in the freighter because he considers it a business opportunity. But, the plot thickens. And soon, Heston is involved in the traumatic events that lead to the crew's departure. During a London Court of Inquiry, Cooper faces many who are out to prove his ill intent. Cooper's performance is best in class and for the first time, we witness someone who outshines Heston. Cooper demonstrates character and the strength necessary to redeem his name. Would highly suggest owning this DVD if you want to witness determination that demands justice, and character that prevails through trials and tribulations.
With this performance, Gary Cooper leaves no doubt as to his amazing ability to portray a decent, honest, and all-around principled man. He plays Alvin York, a man from the country, who was prone to drinking and having fun, until his mother, a new found love and an encounter with danger makes him find religion and meaning in his life. He is a sharpshooter who is drafted to fight during World War I, but who conscientiously objects because the Bible teaches us that we shall not kill. His performance is heroic, fun, adventuresome and gentle. One can not see these films without pondering whether Gary Cooper was acting, or is Gary Cooper simply a fine human being whose soul shines through to provide an example of the finest principles. Would highly recommend obtaining this DVD... In these troubled times we have much to learn from the human spirit shared through these magnificent movies.