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Ayn Rand: In Her Own Words (2010)

Ayn Rand , John Little , Robert Anderson  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ayn Rand
  • Directors: John Little, Robert Anderson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KDYQY4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The gripping story of the acclaimed author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead” in her own words

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, and draws upon never-before-seen or heard materials from the archives of the Ayn Rand Estate.

Multiple Featurettes: “Who is Howard Roark?,” “Childhood Parties,” “First Impressions of Alan Greenspan” and “Comments on Culture Today.” Also includes a collectible booklet

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112 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!! March 28, 2011
Wow! As a fan of both Ayn Rand and great documentaries I was keen to see In Her Own Words. I had heard a lot about the documentary coming out and with the Atlas Shrugged movie to be released in mid-April I was getting a little obsessed about seeing the doc before I saw the movie based on her novel. The great news is that I have seen the doc and I was not disappointed. What I saw in this comprehensive and fascinating piece was so powerful that I just had to watch it again and again. The directors have pulled out all of the stops to ensure that the viewer is guaranteed both pure enjoyment and stunning insight.

Without a doubt I can now say that I have gotten to know Ayn Rand in a way that I would never have thought possible. For all of her intellect, her philosophic passion and her fictional stories, to me it may be her own story, the true story of her life that is just as fascinating and amazing. Watching this documentary was as if I lived part of my life with Ayn Rand.

What Ayn Rand had to say back then, both from a philosophical and political perspective may be even truer now. Not only do I know so much more about Ayn Rand the person but even more importantly I am more committed than ever to her beliefs in individual rights, capitalism and minimum government.

An amazing woman. A compelling story. A superb documentary. Strongly suggest that you see the doc first if you are going to see Atlas Shrugged the movie.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
By David
I found my attention wandering often. The film focuses on her life story, told by her voice, usually over simple pictures and with only occasional video in the first half of the film. About 10-15 minutes near the end of the film focus more specifically on her philosophy, including a greater density of interviews, which are consistently more engaging than the earlier component of the film. Overall this film was fine, but certainly not spectacular.

As a substitute, I'd recommend Ayn Rand - A Sense of Life. That film covers much of the same material but is better composed. However, some may say "In Her Own Words" is preferred since it is basically all literally in Ayn's own words and voice.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is excellent! March 6, 2011
I never knew much about Rand's personal life, or that there was so much footage of her. This film uses several filmed interviews she did at various points, and pulls together her whole life story and discussion of her philosophy, books, movies, etc. Really fascinating. I think the only voice you hear is Ayn Rand herself. Pretty much that's all anyway. You come away really understanding how she thought and why.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent audio-pictorial biography on the life, art and ideas of Ayn Rand. Well produced, this is a visual photo album edited to a massive amount of rare interviews where Rand talks about her entire life, career and philosophy most of which I've never heard! (There are also choice clips from Rand's Tom Snyder, Donahue and Mike Wallace appearances) Oddly but appropriately enough, director/producer John Little has done a similar shorter project about Bruce Lee (as well as a series of excellent books). I actually discovered Rand through years of studying Bruce Lee's fighting system and how it equally applied to all other disciplines, arts and concepts of living on earth (not the afterlife!). Rand's basis for morality seems compatible with Lee's basic premises. For instance. Rand's explanation of "The virtue of selfishness" is pretty much Lee's "Express yourself honestly." Both stress rational, reasoned individual goal setting that must never infringe on another individual's rights. Also Rand's idea that there is an objective morality based on reason and science fits nicely with Lee's statement (paraphrased) that there can never be different fighting styles and dogmas unless we acknowledge a sub or super species of man with additional limbs and physical/biological requirements. They both equally expressed disdain for the mystical, Rand exorcised it from philosophy and Lee kicked it's ass out of martial arts! This DVD provides a good foundation for Rand scholars and anyone interested in new ideas that break the mold of the dark, mystical past and present.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to see for those unfamiliar with Ayn Rand May 5, 2011
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Usually, when discussing Ayn Rand, I have seen two types of people: those who love and those who hate her. Often, those who are negative haven't actually read her works; their understanding is second-hand, predigested opinions of others. Most of the time, criticism of her is personal (character assassination) and rarely are her actual ideas discussed. This video is a quick way to get an introduction to the real Ayn Rand.

The DVD uses clips from the few existing video recordings and isn't structured by philosophical topics or ideas. Therefore, don't expect this DVD to be comprehensive.

Hopefully, it will encourage those with pre-conceived, incorrect assumptions to further investigate the ideas of Ayn Rand.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it! April 25, 2011
This was an all around good documentary. It's basically autobiographical, as it was compiled from excerpts from interviews with Rand. I've seen a lot of Rand's interviews on Youtube, and this documentary had pieces that I'd never heard before.

The people who made this movie worked with the Ayn Rand Archives and the Ayn Rand Institute. Apparently some of the interviews within are "never before seen/heard." Pretty neat. I was fascinated and had some "wow" moments while watching. Ayn Rand surely was a fascinating individual!

I should add that I watched this documentary with subtitles because sometimes it is hard to understand what's being said, whether it's because of Rand's accent or the music overpowering her voice (which happened once at the beginning).

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As usual interesting and good.
Published 5 hours ago by H.E.A.J. Braat
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Philosophy in Her Own Words
An excellent way to define Rand's philosophy, with clips of her own interviews.. Love it :)
Published 27 days ago by Kathy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by J. K. Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars In Her Own Words?
Strange.....her voice and accent is so heavy you can barely understand her. In fact, it would be far better with sub titles. I was shocked to learn she is an Atheist. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sharon D. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Ayn Rand
I love the writings of Ayn Rand, especially Atlas Shrugged. It was wonderful to hear this in her own words.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Pearls but poorly produced
Nice to hear and see Ayn interviews, but the film as such doesn't really have an arch to it.
Still, a good watch for an artist or intellectual on a meditative night alone.
Published 9 months ago by CopernicusPoe
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard to understand
She did her own narration on this documentary and with her accent it was extremely difficult to understand, I was disappointed since I had read a few of her books and watched... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Ayn Rand live.
Listening and seeing Ms Rand discuss her philosophy and anwering Mike Wallace's questions was a sheer delight. Read more
Published 10 months ago by robert Heath
2.0 out of 5 stars I just didn't see the heart in it.
It was all done in a way as if it was a druging job. Like it had to be done and the person doing it really didn't want to do it.
Published 12 months ago by Anthony McCann Sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Ayn Rand
Everyone should see this movie and see the insights from this 1950's author Great insight from years ago on where we are headed
Published 14 months ago by John
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