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Fountainhead (1949)

Director: King Vidor     Starring: Gary Cooper
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202971892
UPC: 012569571624
UPC 14: 00012569571624
Rating: NR
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An uncompromising, visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity and individualism despite personal, professional and economic pressures to conform to popular standards.
Editor's Note
Long treasured as a masterpiece of camp, THE FOUNTAINHEAD stars Gary Cooper as architect Howard Roark. A paragon of integrity, he refuses to create buildings that violate his sense of aesthetic value, choosing instead to work as laborer until he can find funding for his own projects. He becomes involved with wealthy Dominique (Patricia Neal), a woman who combines sexual aggressiveness with an abiding belief that a woman must be subdued in order to love. Roark accepts a commission to build a public-housing project provided that no changes be made to his radical design. When a team of architects is employed to humanize his work, the enraged architect blows up the entire complex. He's placed on trial and is forced to defend the extremity of his action. One of the most unusual artifacts ever to emerge from Hollywood, Ayn Rand's adaptation of her novel is a contradictory hodgepodge of sub-Nietzschean musing, so laden with wooden rhetoric and hysterical ranting that it could never be mistaken for any speech ever uttered on this planet. The bizarre miscasting of Cooper as an arrogant Ubermann and Patricia Neal as a mildly sadomasochistic intellectual only add to the fun. In the legendary scene in which Dominique watches Roark pound his pneumatic drill into the quarry rockface, there's no mistaking the beatific look on her face for intellectual excitement.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/7/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 112 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1949
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 65716
Video UPC UPC: 00012569571624
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gary Cooper
Video Cast Info Paul Harvey
Video Cast Info Henry Hull
Video Cast Info Thurston Hall
Video Cast Info Robert Douglas
Video Cast Info Kent Smith
Video Cast Info Raymond Massey
Video Cast Info Jerome Cowan
Video Cast Info Patricia Neal
Video Cast Info Moroni Olsen
Video Cast Info Harry Woods
Video Cast Info Ray Collins
Video Cast Info Edward Carrere - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Max Steiner - Composer
Video Cast Info David Weisbart - Editor
Video Cast Info Robert Burks - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Ayn Rand - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Henry Blanke - Producer
Video Cast Info King Vidor - Director
Plot Summary
THE FOUNTAINHEAD is a cinema monolith based on Rand's 1943 monolithic tome about an idealistic architectural genius who battles with his corporate sponsors over the designs for a housing project. When he learns that the plans were changed over his objections, he destroys the finished building and is forced to defend his unyielding position in court.

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"[I]t's a radiant fever dream with striking set design and an erotic undertow..." -- Grade: B 11/17/2006 p.107

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Cooper,Gary
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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