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The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  27 January 1999 (USA)
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The rather eccentric (especially in her thinking) author of "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" becomes involved with a much younger, and married man... to the dismay of those close to her.

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The novelist Ayn Rand engaged in an affair with a psychologist 25 years her junior by the name of Nathaniel Branden. Branden built up an institute to spread Rand's ideas, but the two eventually had a falling out. This is the story of the affair, based on the book by Branden's wife, Barbara. Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

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Trivia

Based upon Barbara Branden's book with the same title. See more »

Goofs

In a scene set in the early 1950s, Frank says that he met Ayn Rand during the filming of The King of Kings. He refers to that movie as "the silent version...the great one". The only version of King of Kings that existed in the early 1950s was the silent version; the remake of King of Kings did not appear until 1961. See more »

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Ayn Rand: Tell me your principles.
Nathaniel Branden: To think for myself. To reach my own conclusions. To seek truth, wherever it might lead.
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Featured in The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2000) See more »

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Love Is, Love Is Not
Written by Jeff Beal, Spencer Proffer, Steve Plunkett & Suzanne DuBarry
Vocals performed by Shirley Eikhard
Produced by Spencer Proffer and Jeff Beal
Music Engineer: Tom Weir
Shirley Eikhard performs courtesy of EMI Records Canada and Blue Note Records
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Ayn Rand revealed !
18 July 1999 | by (Naples, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's too bad this movie didn't show in theaters, because even though the story is true, it plays with all the drama and excitement of well-plotted fiction. For those who are not aware of the Ayn Rand mystique, she was a philosopher who presented her ideas in the form of novels, most notably, "Atlas Shrugged", "The Fountainhead" (also a movie with Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal), and "We The Living". Her personal life held all the excitement of her novels. Her fight against the established Judeo/Christian ethics of mid-century America was highlighted by the ideological clashes among the intellectuals of her time. Her romance with a man 25 years her junior was an example of her fearless and innovative thinking. The movie begins with her introduction to the man who would become her lover, and it is the former wife of that man who has authored the book on which this film is based. So it is very up close and personal, leaving Ayn Rand's personality flaws glaring while her genius is underplayed. Helen Mirren does an outstanding job of portraying Miss Rand; she has copied the look and mannerisms and attitude of a unique individual, revealing the strength of character that drove this woman whose ideas radically changed our culture and still do.


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