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Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (1997)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 13 February 1998 (USA)
A documentary focusing on the life of novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand, the author of the bestselling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and originator of the Objectivist philosophy.

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Michael Paxton

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Michael Paxton
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sharon Gless ... Narrator (voice)
Michael S. Berliner Michael S. Berliner ... Himself - Editor of Rand's Letters (as Dr. Michael S. Berliner)
Harry Binswanger ... Himself - Professor and Friend (as Dr. Harry Binswanger)
Sylvia Bokor Sylvia Bokor ... Herself - Artist
Daniel E. Greene Daniel E. Greene ... Himself - Artist
Cynthia Peikoff Cynthia Peikoff ... Herself - Friend and Secretary
Leonard Peikoff Leonard Peikoff ... Himself - Intellectual Heir and Friend (as Dr. Leonard Peikoff)
Al Ramrus Al Ramrus ... Himself - Writer and Producer
John Ridpath John Ridpath ... Himself - Professor: York University (as Dr. John Ridpath)
Mike Wallace ... Himself - CBS News Correspondent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Janne Peters ... Kay Gonda
Peter Sands ... Dietrich von Esterhazy
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Ayn Rand was born in 1905 in St. Petersberg, Russia. She escaped to America in 1926 amidst the rise of Soviet Communism. She remained in the United States for the rest of her life, where she became a much respected author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. The themes of freedom and individualism were to be her life's passion, and would win her a devoted following among readers. Her books continue to sell over 300,000 copies each year. Upon her arrival in America, Ayn Rand applied for a screenwriting position at the DeMille Studios in Hollywood. On that same day, a chance meeting with DeMille brought her to the set of The King of Kings where she was hired as an extra for the film. But, it wasn't until her 1936 Broadway success, Night of January 16th, that she first achieved fame as a writer. The play, a courtroom drama that was tried before a jury drawn from the audience each night, had two endings for each verdict. Although a success, it was Ayn's first struggle to keep the ... Written by Strand Releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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A Life More Compelling Than Fiction


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ayn Rand: Un sentido de la vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$189,083, 2 October 1998

Gross USA:

$209,244
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1.85 : 1
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11 April 2008 | by pbeatSee all my reviews

What a horrible woman. I have never read anything by her or about her but was really astounded by this documentary. Basically, she believes that everyone should be selfish and think only of themselves. Government should not take care of anyone. There is no God. she babbles incoherently about the future of the human race and her greatest philosophical achievement is a book about an architect that every selfish conservative in the world has bought next to only the bible. She sounds like a cult. I plan to watch Fountainhead. I wonder how it became the favorite book of Anne Hathoway (The Princess Diary). Wonder what her parents were like? If I somehow come up with a different opinion, I will let you know. Until then, watch this and tell me if you can find any redeeming value. Check out the parts where the audience is watching her on talk shows of the 70's with a collective look of horror as she spouts out her ideas that God doesn't exist, people should not seek help from their government and people who believe in helping others are wimps. Now you will know why conservatives love her and shun Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King and other petty altruists. Ugh....


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