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The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999)

TV Movie  |  TV-MA  |   |  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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Elyssa Livergant ...
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Christopher Marren ...
Aaron (as Chris Marren)
Jennifer Gould ...
Janet
Robert Thomas ...
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John Lefebvre ...
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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 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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References Kings Row (1942) 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 Wouldn't Like It, Viewers Will
30 January 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Ayn Rand wouldn't like this movie" said director Christopher Menaul prior to its premier at the Sundance Film Festival. Based on the biography by Barbara Braden, this film focuses on the later years of Ayn's life and her affair with an associate. It would be a difficult task to make a movie that would focus on the genius of Ayn Rand. It is necessary to read her books to find this. Her real passion was for freedom and creativity, a result of being an immigrant to America from post-Revolutionary Russia. Instead, this film covers the sexual passion, which is only a minute element of the complexity of Ayn Rand. Her background, books and Objectivism philosophy are only given brief mention peripheral to the sexual involvement. Approaching it this way does create a more commercial result. It was produced by Showtime, so it probably will not be released to theaters, but should appear on cable soon.

The acting in this movie was outstanding and makes it more memorable. Of particular merit are Julie Delpy as Barbara Braden and Peter Fonda accurately portraying the meek Frank O'Connor.

A movie should be judged by whether it is the best product that can be created by the elements being used. On this basis, it succeeds.


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