Ayn Rand: In Her Own Words
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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, 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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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.
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.
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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent contribution to the scholarship into Rand's works that has been taking place over the last 15-20 years. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Feilongshi
I found the time to watch this film of Ayn Rand at the weekend, and watched it again mid-week. It's a great film, and a great decision to let her tell her own story in her own... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Martin Stepek
What I really liked is that in her own words, she speaks of all the people who helped her. From her family that sent her to the US, to the friends and family that put her up in New... Read morePublished 13 months ago by D. hamilton
I rate it high because I like her ideas and historical perspectives. But I don't get engrossed deeply, like I've been with some others.Published 13 months ago by Jay H. Colborn
Awesome and very accurate considering when she was interviewed. Look at the world run too much by the government and you've got what she was trying to warn us about decades... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Neal