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Genres: Drama
Actors: Gary Cooper , Patricia Neal , Raymond Massey , Kent Smith , Robert Douglas , Henry Hull , Ray Collins , Moroni Olsen , Jerome Cowan
Director: King Vidor
Country: United States
Year: 1949
IMDB Rating: 7.0/10 (5119 votes)

Individualistic and idealistic architect Howard Roark is expelled from college because his designs fail to fit with existing architectural thinking. He seems unemployable but finally lands a job with like-minded Henry Cameron, however within a few years Cameron drinks himself to death, warning Roark that the same fate awaits unless he compromises his ideals. Roark is determined to retain his artistic integrity at all costs.

Film Review

This is absolutely one of my favorite books of all time. Is the book flawed, yes, but makes so many wonderful points and lets each reader imagine a life where they are Howard Roark and what it would mean to them. The movie however comes up short. It leaves out so so so so much that is in the book, but understandable considering the length of the book. The choices of actors to play the characters leave something desired. Nevertheless in two hours it gets its message across with conviction. The scene in the courtroom is extremely powerful and sends home what the Fountainhead is all about. You may agree or disagree with this philosophy but regardless it stirs emotion, imagination and thought in ones head. If you had never read the book this would be a delightful film, unusual, but delightful. Reading the book makes it a bit more difficult to watch as you realize that all the characters depths are truly not shown as in the book. Overall I truly enjoyed this film and would watch it again.

One has to be very weary with films dealing with individualism versus collectivism.Gary Cooper seemed to be too old for the part of the architect who will not compromise his beliefs when it comes to his field of work.Patricia Neal has some of that Alma from her Oscar-winning role in "Hud," 14 years later. Yet, her performance here is never fully realized.Didn't Raymond Massey really know how much Neal adored the Cooper character in the film?The end of the film court scene when Cooper, on trial, goes through that long speech on individualism made me think that he could have gone around campaigning for Herbert Hoover in 1932. This long, endless speech can't be compared to Spencer Tracy's talk on racial prejudice at the end of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."Guess what 1949 film with Cooper, Neal and Massey isn't really too good?

Though flawed as a movie (stilted dialog) this is a movie that can be enjoyed. The book is better even though the movie was written by Ayn Rand, the book's author. The courtroom scene sums up the author's intents and ideas. The integrity of the individual is the hero of the movie. In the book the character of Howard Rowark is more clear. He is a man unable to understand the motives of his fellows, yet he is not concerned with that fact. His joy lies in his mind and in his mind's abilities and in its applications. His love is creation. Any artist who spends time in creative endeavor will understand this. I enjoy the bare symbolism that the movie so naively employs. It is like a Greek tragedy but with a happy ending. Seen as such it is possible to find value and inspiration in this film. And Patricia Neal is a powerful image of a strong, intelligent, beautiful woman. I like this movie and recommend it.

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