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

Goofs

In a scene from the 1950s it shows an old phone with a phone number and the words "area code". There were no area codes in the '50s. See more »

Quotes

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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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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Good movie by any standards
27 June 2001 | by (Los Feliz CA) – See all my reviews

As an Ayn Rand fan who is interested in anything about the author, I couldn't be sure that this movie was as good a drama as I thought it was, so I showed it to intelligent friends who don't know her work. They all loved it. Complaints that it doesn't project the whole huge structure of Ayn Rand's philosophy are beside the point. This film is about the mesmerizing personality of Ayn Rand and the effect it had on the life of a disciple, Barbara Branden, and that of her husband, Nathaniel Branden, and, perhaps most pitiably, on the life of Rand's husband, Frank O'Connor. Rand was a superior person whom success convinced she was even more superior than she was. Power corrupts, and she became intoxicated by the attention of her devotees, and wound up going against her own principles (enlightened egoism and independence of mind) to demanding that her followers obey her unthinkingly and serve her ends self-sacrificially. None of this validates or invalidates her philosophy. It just teaches us again the ages-old lesson that idols are only human, and pride goes before a fall.,


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