Directed By: King Vidor Starring: Gary Cooper

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While it was based on Ayn Rand's book, Ayn Rand personally altered the story to adapt it to film. It is a great movie that really makes the viewer think about many things including individualism, selfishness, and even what is right and wrong. For many people who take these notions as given from a very young, questioning them with an adult mind is a good idea. If you enjoy this movie, be sure to pick up and read some of Ayn Rand's non-fiction. Read More

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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.


Studio Warner
SKU 202971892
UPC 012569571624
UPC 14 00012569571624
Format DVD
Release Date 11/7/2006
Rating NR
Love Triangle
Personal Triumph
Social Issues
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Entertainment Weekly "[I]t's a radiant fever dream with striking set design and an erotic undertow..." -- Grade: B 11/17/2006 p.107
King Vidor
Gary Cooper
Cast & Crew
Gary Cooper - Star
Paul Harvey - Star
Henry Hull - Star
Thurston Hall - Star
Robert Douglas - Star
Kent Smith - Star
Raymond Massey - Star
Jerome Cowan - Star
Patricia Neal - Star
Moroni Olsen - Star
Harry Woods - Star
Ray Collins - Star
Edward Carrere - Production Designer
Max Steiner - Composer
David Weisbart - Editor
Robert Burks - Director of Photography
Ayn Rand - Screenwriter
Henry Blanke - Producer
King Vidor - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1949
Catalog ID 65716
UPC 00012569571624
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 112 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Cooper,Gary
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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