Upon the death of Ayn Rand (Dame Helen Mirren), Barbara Branden (Julie Delpy) recounts the story of her dealings with the enigmatic twentieth century philosopher and author. Barbara and her husband, Nathaniel Branden (Eric Stoltz), meet Rand and her husband, Frank O'Connor (Peter Fonda) and immediately establish a rapport. Rand takes the youthful Nathaniel under her wing and begins to show a non-platonic interest in her protégé. Barbara must sit by as the two begin what becomes a long, tumultuous affair.
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This movie takes place in 1951, 1957, 1964, 1981, and 1982. See more
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
Excuse me, Miss Rand. I was wondering if you could give us the essence of your philosophy - standing on one leg.
[Stands on one leg
Metaphysics: objective reality. Epistemology: reason. Ethics: self-interest. Politics: capitalism.
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