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The Fountainhead (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 2 July 1949 (USA)
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An uncompromising, visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity and individualism despite personal, professional and economic pressures to conform to popular standards.

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Feature adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel about a young architect battling for his own artistic integrity.

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Complete credited cast:
... Howard Roark
... Dominique Francon
... Gail Wynand
... Peter Keating
... Ellsworth M. Toohey
... Henry Cameron
... Roger Enright
... Chairman
... Alvah Scarret
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Individualistic and idealistic architect Howard Roark is expelled from college because his designs fail to fit with existing architectural thinking. He seems unemployable but finally lands a job with like-minded Henry Cameron, however within a few years Cameron drinks himself to death, warning Roark that the same fate awaits unless he compromises his ideals. Roark is determined to retain his artistic integrity at all costs. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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It only took 59 days to shoot the movie. See more »

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When Cameron smashes the window in Roark's office, you can see that the flag outside the window flying in the skyline is not rippling and therefore is part of a photographic backdrop rather than a live location. See more »

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Howard Roark: [delivering the closing statements of his own defense] Thousands of years ago the first man discovered how to make fire. He was probably burned at the stake he had taught his brothers to light, but he left them a gift they had not conceived of, and he lifted darkness off the earth. Through out the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. The great creators, the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors, stood alone against ...
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Worst dialogue ever?
20 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie gets my vote for the most unbelievable dialogue ever in an A-list Hollywood movie. From the opening words, spoken by an architecture-school dean (or rather, a cardboard caricature of a dean), there is not one sentence that could ever be delivered in real life. The whole movie is as schematic and unreal as the old Red agitprop plays. Appropriate, in a way, since Ayn Rand, too, was a propagandist for ideas rather than a real novelist or screenwriter. And what ideas! Individualism is crushed in America, but the idealistic architect will fight to produce--second-hand Mies! This individualistic architect is fighting to get buildings made that were exactly the kind corporate America was building after the war. He is shown as fighting against the old Beaux-Arts style at a time it had been dead for decades, and championing a style that had been in vogue for years.

Maybe the drawings can't be blamed on Ayn Rand, but the ludicrous dialogue can. Poor Gary Cooper. I see he gets blamed in other posts for not acting the part well. Next time you see this movie I suggest you try saying to yourself any one of his speeches in a believable way. She must have had an ironclad contract not to have been replaced by a Hollywood hack. Maybe a hack could have made a decent movie of this dog, but I doubt it.


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