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Ayn Rand was born in 1905 in St. Petersberg, Russia. She escaped to America in 1926 amidst the rise of Soviet Communism. She remained in the United States for the rest of her life, where ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Michael S. Berliner ...
Himself - Editor of Rand's Letters (as Dr. Michael S. Berliner)
Harry Binswanger ...
Himself - Professor and Friend (as Dr. Harry Binswanger)
Sylvia Bokor ...
Herself - Artist
Daniel E. Greene ...
Himself - Artist
Cynthia Peikoff ...
Herself - Friend and Secretary
Leonard Peikoff ...
Himself - Intellectual Heir and Friend (as Dr. Leonard Peikoff)
Al Ramrus ...
Himself - Writer and Producer
John Ridpath ...
Himself - Professor: York University (as Dr. John Ridpath)
Himself - CBS News Correspondent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kay Gonda
Peter Sands ...
Dietrich von Esterhazy


Ayn Rand was born in 1905 in St. Petersberg, Russia. She escaped to America in 1926 amidst the rise of Soviet Communism. She remained in the United States for the rest of her life, where she became a much respected author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. The themes of freedom and individualism were to be her life's passion, and would win her a devoted following among readers. Her books continue to sell over 300,000 copies each year. Upon her arrival in America, Ayn Rand applied for a screenwriting position at the DeMille Studios in Hollywood. On that same day, a chance meeting with DeMille brought her to the set of The King of Kings where she was hired as an extra for the film. But, it wasn't until her 1936 Broadway success, Night of January 16th, that she first achieved fame as a writer. The play, a courtroom drama that was tried before a jury drawn from the audience each night, had two endings for each verdict. Although a success, it was Ayn's first struggle to keep the ... Written by Strand Releasing <>

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A Life More Compelling Than Fiction


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13 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Ayn Rand: Un sentido de la vida  »

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$209,244 (USA) (24 September 1999)

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A quality documentary
19 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This documentary presents a well organized and concise picture of one of the most important thinkers of our time. If you don't know much about Ayn Rand, this film is worth watching, if only to be introduced to her ideas. Even though her philosophy is more aligned with the founding principles of America than that of any other 20th century thinker, she is all but discarded in American public schools. The popularity of twentieth century anti-mind/anti-humanism philosophies, amongst the Ivory Tower, has muted the voice of Ayn Rand in the classroom. If you grew up in the United States, you probably missed out on her side of the debate altogether. Rand's ideas are worthy of your consideration, and they're highly worthy of serious critical review.

I hope you will take the review of this film written by ChrisWN with an entire shaker of salt. The size of the shaker is up to you, but you should know that the immature ranting of ChrisWN is typical of those who despise Ayn Rand. Let the fatuous nature of his writing be the measure by which he should be taken seriously as a film critic or as a critical thinker. And, further, let his ramblings be recorded as representative of the opposite of Ayn Rand's devotion to reason.

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