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Academy Award winners Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal star in this dramatic adaptation of Ayn Rand's groundbreaking novel about an architect who, refusing to compromise or accept the status quo, will sacrifice anything to preserve the integrity of his work.]]>
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The five star rating I give the movie today, thirty years and numerous viewings later, is a very personal, indivdualized one. Through these eyes, "The Fountainhead" is enormously moving, well-cast and very well portrayed, if you're the kind of person who relates to: (1) the struggle between integrity and conformity in our private and business lives (2) the travails of entrepreneurship and perseverance in the face of spirit crushing adversity (3) the belief that there is definable difference between good and evil, and that it is really possible for the former to prevail.
Several of Gary Cooper's scenes as Howard Roark are profoundly memorable: (1) when he refuses money from Peter Keating after showing him he was down to his last few cents (2) when he walks out on the munificent offer from the bank board to build a mutation of his bank design (3) the party scene when Dominique discovers the quarry worker she had obsessed over was Roger Enright's architect, Howard Roark.
There's more. Great camera angles, strong dialogue from the supporting cast, especially Ellsworth Toohey.
Summarily, the director, screenplay people and actors did a magnificent job within the two hour confines of making a riveting movie. But if you're looking for a verbatim reproduction of the book, or you have an aversion to Ayn Rand's message of individual creativism and freedom, this one's not for you!
Anyways, since that's all in my mind's eye, let us deal with what's really there:
This film is the greatest example of post-German expressionism after World War II. Visually, it's overflowing with licht und schatten worthy of Lang and Murnau. This is the movie's greatest achievement, deftly accomplished by cinematographer Robert Burks, who confines Gary Cooper (the movie's martyred saint) in a shadow-world so oppressing, that it rivals Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" and Hitchcock's "I Confess" (for which Burks was also DP, as he was on all Hitch's films from the early 1950s through Marnie, in 1964, with the exception of "Psycho") for the sense of loneliness and psychological isolation which crowd in the hero.
Burks owes a lot to "Citizen Kane" in the use of low-camera-angles employed in projecting the movie's tragic hero, Gail Wynand, played by Raymond Massey. Massey brings a British-Canadian flair to the role that is completely outrageous and incongruous with the role's Hell's Kitchen origins. So what! As with Cary Grant, Massey succeeds in the "willing-suspension-of-disbelief" department when it comes to ignoring his British accent.Read more ›
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This is one of my favorite movies. It has the feel of a graphic novel morphed into a motion picure, and expresses its themes clearly and elegantly. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mark
The movie follows as close as possible to the book written by Ayn Rand. There are so many issues and truths that are applicable in today's world. It is a true classic.Published 11 days ago by jan smith
One of Ayn Rand's best novels adapted marvalously to the screen!Published 1 month ago by Benjamin T Workman
I've been wanting to read the book. Loved the movie. Ayn Rand wrote a great script and shares invaluable lessons in the Foubtainhead.Published 1 month ago by Seth bales
Ahhh… Gary Cooper! Not another like him. Don't miss this performancePublished 1 month ago by Diva Alexandra
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