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The Fountainhead comes to a central London cinema

With all the talk about Ayn Rand in US elections news, it occurred to me that it was high time that people here were exposed properly to her views. So I’m organising a cinema showing of The Fountainhead. It’s on Saturday 15 September on Baker Street in central London. There are limited tickets and I suspect that the film will be the start of a fun day, as there are good pubs nearby.

Details are here.

6 comments to The Fountainhead comes to a central London cinema

  • Very well done. I’ve got my tickets :-)

  • Mose Jefferson

    Argh! Smited again!

  • It’s too bad Rand didn’t know how to write a screenplay, The movie has some striking imagery (Gary Cooper in the quarry comes to mind) but some lousy dialog. It doesn’t help that one of the best parts of the book, Rand’s takedown of “modern” arts, wouldn’t have translated to the screen at all.

    Oh, and the movie really needed Clifton Webb to play Toohey.

  • Cam

    The book’s great, but the film sucks! It’s like it’s written by a schoolkid. The script is hardly worthy of scooby doo.

  • Well it gets a pretty good average rating from the 4,800 people who have rating it in IMDB.com:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041386/

    and an 83% positive review on Rotten Tomatoes:

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fountainhead/

    Remember, this is a movie with some of the best actors of the era, including Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal, and directed by King Vidor, the winner of eight international film awards. In 1979 Vidor was awarded an Honorary Academy Award for his “incomparable achievements as a cinematic creator and innovator.”

  • Johnathan Pearce

    Sorry I cannot make it but many will. Glad to see this getting a screening.

    I guess there may be many reasons why Rand’s works are getting more attention. The Guardian and BBC have recently run remarkably fair and non-snide pieces on her works, which is a news event in itself. Paul Ryan, not very plausibly, has praised her – although he has subsequently rowed back, no doubt as some of his fellow Catholics have been shocked by his admiration for such a terrible atheist and critic of certain conservative ideas. No matter: her ideas are getting out there, the books keep on selling and turning people on to capitalism, individualism, etc.

    She is a controversial figure, and even plenty of libertarians I know dislike her ideas, or at least, some of them. (There is also an element of jealousy here, and she annoys the Rothbardian cultists at the Mises Institute and elsewhere, which is surely a mark in her favour). Those who hold to a sort of Kantian duty ethic (like the late Robert Nozick in his defence of rights as side constraints) had a problem with her ethical egoist approach. But in the broadest sense she was one of the “good guys”, part of the trio of feisty writers (Rose Wilder Lane and Isabel Paterson) who helped drive the renaissance of classical liberal thought in the US.

    Enjoy the film.