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
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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 »
This might have been, in fact, a great movie. Vidor directs with a sure and excellently paced hand; the visual elements are striking; and young Pat Neal is a raw marvel on screen. This is not a great movie because someone made the spectacular mistake of letting Rand write the screenplay. Thus, her objectivist philosophy is ludicrously masked as dialogue. Please note: I care little about her views themselves. I can admire a fine script and disagree with its message. But this is downright cartoonish. Dull businessmen say things like, 'Say, Roark, there's no point to trying something new!', or, 'Look here, old man, just go along with what the people like!' I don't exaggerate - it really is that overblown, and poor Gary Cooper looks awfully embarrassed when he has to defend his integrity in equally dreadful lines. A shame, all around. And not much in the way of promoting Rand's dream, to be sure. Who can subscribe to a movement with so inept a spokesperson?
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