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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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Frank O'Connor
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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 »

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Alfred Tells Nathaniel about the new book Ayn Rand is working on, "Atlas Shrugged". The working title for that book was "The Strike". It didn't become "Atlas Shrugged" until in 1956 when Rand's husband suggested that title. See more »

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Nathaniel Branden: I feel as if... as if my whole life I've been on a leaky raft in the middle of the ocean and, and as soon as I cover one leak with my foot, there's another and...
Barbara: [Interrupting] Yes, alone and sinking.
Nathaniel Branden: Yes, but after tonight, I think... it's possible to stand on solid ground, to understand, to really know.
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A Perfect Day / I Love You Truly
Arranged by John Godfrey & Jimmy Stewart
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15 August 2004 | by (Somewhere in Europe) – See all my reviews



I saw this film three times (but then, I see many films more than once), and if I were to rate it, I'd give it 7-8 (out of 10), for its artistic merits. I knew nothing about Ayn Rand before seeing this film, and it piqued my curiosity. (I then discovered that "The Fountainhead", a very good piece of cinematic work, was based on her book.) But I am basically writing this only to correct what a reviewer said (back in September 2001), quite emphatically and with considerable reasoning behind the statement: that Ayn Rand shouldn't have been portrayed by an "American actress". She wasn't. The role of Ayn Rand was played by Helen Mirren, a truly great British actress. Moreover, Ms. Mirren herself is of Russian extraction, just as Ayn Rand was.


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