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About the Movie
An idealistic architect battles corrupt business interest and his love for a married woman in this well-made drama starring Oscar and Golden Globe-winner Gary Cooper ("High Noon," "The Pride of the Yankees"). Co-starring Oscar-nominee Raymond Massey ("Arsenic and Old Lace," "How the West Was Won") and Oscar and Golden Globe-winner Patricia Neal ("Breakfast at Tiffany's"). Directed by Oscar-honoree King Vidor ("War and Peace," "The Champ").
The Fountainhead is Gary Cooper, not Howard Roark
This film is very intense and well made. Ms. Rand was courageous in writing this novel and also getting the chance to write the screenplay as well. She did a fantastic job. Because when you read the novel, it appears that a man might have written it. But when it comes to portraying the "hero", Gary Cooper is who we see, not Howard Roark. As Howard Roark, Cooper is not really "true" to himself, in fact, he is as manipulative as Peter Keating - and also a lot shewrder and as dangerous as Mr. Toohey. As Dominque, Ms. Neal showed us that her "obsession" was not Howard Roark, but indeed Gary Cooper, which enhanced and made her performance all that more devastating. Pat Neal actually became a "hero"! Taking on the world and being an "individual" is quite different than being "yourself" and being true to whom you "really" are!
The first reviewer nailed it including Pat's performance. Makes one wonder whether this person knew her. Great film.
Wonderful Acting, makes one think
Very good movie with wonderful acting, if the viewer understands that the story is based on Rand's various archetypes of human character, all of which are variants between the ideal man of independent-mindedness and the mindless mob. The movie also illustrates flaws in Rand's thinking that few people have original ideas or something of value to offer the world.