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Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged (2011)

John Allison , Clifford Asness , Chris Mortensen  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Allison, Clifford Asness, Rajia Baroudi, Mike Berliner, Andrew Bernstein
  • Directors: Chris Mortensen
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: 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: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006XF2VAI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,390 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Compelling and superb!"

"...a dystopian cautionary tale about a future USA." --The Boston Phoenix

"Guaranteed to start arguments in the parking lot." --Box Office Magazine

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Set in what Novelist and Philosopher Ayn Rand called 'the day after tomorrow', Atlas Shrugged depicts an America in crisis, brought to its knees by a corrupt establishment of government regulators and businessmen with political pull - the 'looters' and the 'moochers' - who prey on individual achievement.

Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged looks into Rand's background for the ideas and philosophy that inspired and shaped her novel and seeks to determine whether America is indeed headed for the disastrous outcome she predicted.

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152 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even handed look at Rand and Atlas February 9, 2012
This independently produced documentary is the story of Atlas Shrugged, including what led Rand to write it, how it was received by critics (loathed), by readers (loved), how it's remained a bestseller year after year for over half a century now and how - horrors! - the novel's scenario is being played out today in real life. Rand said: 'Identify a society's core philosophy and you can predict its future.' The film early on raises the question: how did she know fifty some years ago what America was going to be like today? And then goes on to examine the change in American thinking that took place over the course of the 20th century that led us to where we are now. Those unfamiliar with Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism might be surprised or not agree with her ideas but there's plenty to think about here. And you don't have to have read the book - or any Rand book - to get a lot out of it. Highly recommended for Atlas fans and those looking to familiarize themselves with Rand's ideas and their relationship to today's headlines.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prophecy Fulfilled April 10, 2012
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If you have heard about "Atlas Shrugged" and Ayn Rand but haven't had the time or the patience to read the book, then this documentary is for you. It's a brief and concise account of Ayn Rand's philosophy of objectivism as presented in her novels "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged." It also gives a brief account of Ayn Rand's life, the writing of "Atlas Shrugged," its critical reception (universally panned) and its commercial success. It has not been out of print since it was originally published, and since the financial crisis and recession has sold several hundred thousand copies every year for the simmple reason that much of what she predicted has come true. Unless we pull back from the brink, it is very likely that the full dystopian world of "Atlas Shrugged" will arrive by mid-century.
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73 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for anyone who read Atlas Shrugged February 6, 2012
By haroldo
The documentary, at times, felt like an infomercial for the book (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), but that's the only negative. It's a bit of a refresher course on Atlas, it provides great insight into Rand's goal, adds to ones understanding of the book and helps dovetail her prophecy with the world we live in today. If you took the time to read the book (which clearly was a major commitment) another 90 minutes won't be that difficult.
The documentary also walks you through Ayn Rand's life and helps the viewer understand why she wrote the book.
The movie reminded me that I need to go out and find new people who might learn from the book. As I left the theater, I actually considered reading it a third time...thankfully, I quickly came to my senses (LOL!)
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Ayn Rand predicted the kind of world that would result if her philosophy (Objectivism) was not accepted and adopted by the western world, especially the USA. Her prophetic prose have come to pass, according to this video. Rand predicted a world where crony capitalism would rule the USA while politicians lied to the people about what they were doing... or going to do. She prophesied a world where people who produced anything were subject to rapacious government obligations and taxes while the economy languished in a swallow of high taxes and government restrictions. All this has come to pass, according to Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand's prophecy is now upon us and we are reaping what we have sown. She warned, in the 1960's, what would happen if the USA and the west did not depart from its course of government intrusion upon the productive people... upon the thinkers and producers... upon the free mind. This documentary contends that all this is now a fact and we are suffering mightily because of it.

Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus; the summation of her philosophy of objectivism. This documentary, to be really good, has to sum up that philosophy well. Does it do that? I think the summary of objectivism is well done, but somewhat lacking in the in depth and quality needed to fully explain her philosophy and its outcomes. Ayn Rand was an unrestricted capitalist. Government had to get totally out of the economic system so it can sprint along propelled by the energy of free minds. But she was also an atheist who rejected any idea of God (god) as mystic. She thought that production was the key reason and purpose of humanity. The documentary does not go into Rand's ideas that throughly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
In 1957, author and philosopher Ayn Rand published her book, Atlas Shrugged. At the time (Eisenhower was in the White House, General Motors dominated the worldwide auto industry, and all was right with the world!) it seemed like an unbelievable dystopia. Now, some 56 years later, the book seems less like fiction and more like today's headlines!

This fascinating documentary, which was released in 2011, gives the story of Ayn Rand and her magnum opus. The book tells the story of Ms. Rand's life in Russia, her immigration to the U.S., and her discovery that the same root philosophy that resulted in the horror of communism was already at work, undermining the nation's future. Then, it goes on to tell of her literary life, her triumphs and disappointments (more of the latter than the former), and of the impact her writings have had.

Overall, I found this to be a great documentary. Even if you don't agree with Ms. Rand or her philosophy, it is a very interesting look at a woman who has had a large (but largely ignored!) impact on American thinking. I really enjoyed it, and don't hesitate to recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ayn Rand has an amzaing life story...
This was a fascinating biography of Ayn Rand. She was ahead of her time and fought both the right and the left of this country who were scathing in their criticism of her. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book
I am a huge Ayn Rand fan. As usual it is hard to capture the total essence of the book in a movie but I enjoyed this. This is a great view for peple who can't read 700+ pages.
Published 2 months ago by BOOK DORK
5.0 out of 5 stars She was right then, and right now
We're watching Ayn Rand's America unfold before our eyes. Almost half of tax-payers in the US pay no federal income tax. Huge increaseses social programs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by grownup kid
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!!
In 1958 Ayn Rand couldn't know about how things are in the world today but then she got it right when she wrote Atlas Shrugged and then her predictions came true.
Published 3 months ago by Bearman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A great book for all times, she makes so much sense. I am in total agreement with her sentiments and think this should be required reading for all college students.
Published 3 months ago by Cynder
5.0 out of 5 stars Atlas shrugged (capitalism gone wold
It stayed true to her book and observations she had. It did not sugar coat her views. Good documentary everyone
Published 4 months ago by Gary Rust
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I can understand some people seeing the characters as unrealistic but the plot comparisons between the exaggerations are what is fascinating to me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Safford
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to a must read novel.
Really scary novel now considering all that is going on in our country. This documentary style, reasonable length introduction to what Ayn Rand's novel is about and a great look... Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Hutt
2.0 out of 5 stars Same as In Her Own Words with a little more arrogance.
While the movies were fairly good and had some life. The two documenteries about her were lifeless and looked more as a chore than something that someone was interested in doing.
Published 6 months ago by Anthony McCann Sr
4.0 out of 5 stars Provides a good perspective on Rand and the book, and reactions to it.
In addition to the usual quick interview soundbites, I like that extended versions of the interviews are included on the disk, and there's a weblink for more info.
Published 6 months ago by Curmudgeon
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