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Ayn Rand: In Her Own Words (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | Video 5 April 2011
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Revealing the surprising life story of one of the world's most influential minds, this unprecedented film weaves together Ayn Rand's own recollections and reflections, providing a new understanding of her inspirations and influences.

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Mike Wallace ... Himself (archive footage)
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Revealing the surprising life story of one of the world's most influential minds, this unprecedented film weaves together Ayn Rand's own recollections and reflections, providing a new understanding of her inspirations and influences.

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Perhaps not the best introduction to Ayn Rand and her unusual philosophy.
9 October 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film consists solely of filmed interviews Ayn Rand made with various people (Mike Wallace, Phil Donahue and others) in the latter portion of her life. It's very interesting but also perhaps not the very best introduction to her philosophy of life--as it is not the most systematic way to learn of Rand's views of capitalism and self-interest. I really think a bit of narration or bullet points with her four basis tenants would have helped a bit--as it is, it's a bit 'heady'. Because of this, this film would be great viewing for a philosophy or political science class but might overwhelm some folks watching it at home.

This film might be a good idea to watch because in recent years I have heard quite a few political pundits on the right espousing Rand. However, I wonder how many people would really want her 100% capitalism or her exhorting people to become much more self-centered. However, as I said above, this would be great for classroom use, as it could stir some wonderful discussions. I also wonder how followers of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (espoused by Albert Ellis) or atheists would feel about her work, as there is some similarity. Interesting and thought-provoking but probably NOT the average person's sort of film.


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