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The Fountainhead (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 2 July 1949 (USA)
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An uncompromising, visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity and individualism despite personal, professional and economic pressures to conform to popular standards.

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Individualistic and idealistic architect Howard Roark is expelled from college because his designs fail to fit with existing architectural thinking. He seems unemployable but finally lands a job with like-minded Henry Cameron, however within a few years Cameron drinks himself to death, warning Roark that the same fate awaits unless he compromises his ideals. Roark is determined to retain his artistic integrity at all costs. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Shot in early 1948 but not released until mid-1949. See more »

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When Wynand is in his office talking with Toohey (about 15 minutes in), the shot of the seated Wynand shows him looking at the bottom half of the front page of his newspaper. When the angle shifts to Toohey, Wynand is suddenly reading the top half of the front page. See more »

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Peter Keating: You can't hope to survive unless you learn how to compromise. Now, watch me! In just a few short years I'll shoot to the top of the architectural profession because I'm going to give the public what it wants.
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Grand and Thoughtful Presentation of Ayn Rand's Views
20 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my very favorite films.

I found this movie to be one of the great standouts among the typical, predictable, formulaic films that typified this era. It is a truly thoughtful film and presents the idea of individualism in its barest sense, for both individualists and non-individualists to consider as the base for their analysis. This is the direct benefit of having Ayn Rand write the screenplay.

The acting was superb for the intended purpose, most especially that of Gary Cooper. The characters are hard and sharp. This was certainly not an accident or oversight in the screenplay as the purpose of the film as to define a philosophy, not to entertain the simple with the typical middle-of-the-road.

The black and white cinematography was wonderfully done. The acting, again, was perfectly suited for the intended purpose. The depiction of Ayn Rand's philosophy was beautiful.

You don't have to agree with Ayn Rand to appreciate this film. You only have to wonder what her philosophy was. The Fountainhead is the answer to that question and a great movie in it's own right.


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