#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: An uncompromising, visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity and individualism despite personal, professional and economic pressures to conform to popular standards.
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Strange adaptation of the best-selling book
Ayn Rand adapted her own famous novel, “The Fountainhead,” for the screen. Filmed in 1949, the outcome is odd, to say the least, but it has its interesting moments. “The Fountainhead” concerns an architect, Howard Roark, who, despite controversy, sticks to his designs without altering them to please anyone. Because of this, he becomes the brunt of a hate campaign by a tabloid newspaper, The Banner.
It’s obvious from some of the comments on this board that many people are unfamiliar with the book. Unfortunately, the way the book was adapted, if you don’t know it, I’m not even sure you can follow what goes on. The buildings, Roark, Dominque, Wyand et al. are all symbols – the buildings are what man can achieve, Roark is the selfish artist whose work has integrity, playing into one of Rand’s main philosophies – man has a right to live for his own sake, without altruism, without bowing to the masses. Wyand is the brainwasher who cares about power; his architecture columnist believes in suppressing genius, as it is threatening – etc. Rand’s novel itself is extremely prophetic (the tabloid inferences and the rise of mediocrity being just two examples) and therefore is timely today. It just didn’t transfer well onto the screen. Symbols don’t. There was too much material cut, and the screenplay was adapted, seemingly, with the supposition that everyone knew the book. On top of that, many of the scenes look almost fake from the use of a lot of process shots, giving the movie a bizarre sensibility.
Patricia Neal is astonishingly stunning and wears gorgeous fashions as Dominique, the sexually repressed turned sexually charged woman who gets turned on by Howard and his work. When I first read “The Fountainhead,” I kept picturing Dominique as Faye Dunaway, and with her cold beauty, Neal is certainly the ’50s Dominique. Raymond Massey is excellent as Gale Wyand, the Rupert Murdock character, and Kent Smith does a good job as a weasel architect friend of Howard’s.
Now we come to Howard himself, Gary Cooper. Ayn Rand was one of Cooper’s biggest fans from the time she emigrated from Russia and worked in Hollywood as an extra. She was of course thrilled beyond belief when he agreed to play Howard. There is a photograph of the short Rand gazing up at the chiseled, handsome Cooper, and she’s practically drooling. After Rand worked – I can’t remember if it was months or years – on Howard’s big speech in the courtroom, Cooper told her after he finished filming it that he never understood the speech. I’m fairly certain he didn’t understand the rest of the role either and that he had never read the book. A more glorious-looking, charismatic man to play Howard you couldn’t have found, but did he understand this role the way he understood Lou Gehrig? I doubt it. Did Rand, for all her artistic integrity care? I doubt it. In the end, that great philosopher, that giant intellectual Ayn Rand was, in reality, a woman like any other.
If you must see “The Fountainhead,” read the book first, which is fantastic. If you’re not going to read it, I’d skip the movie, even though, like Rand and Neal, I love Gary Cooper.
Surprisingly uplifting when stripped of partisan bias
The movie shows a brilliant architect in struggle with the power hungry members of the dark triad and the vulghar mob. While some adherents to the philosophy of Rand, like Mark Cuban etc, brought it bad name, the original novel indeed like the movie captures the main points nicely. Integrity and originality are met with mob resistance, as is often the case, but one must not let the lesser minds win in their empty greed and shalowness. While Rand’s fantasies are somewhat ridiculous, she does come from a real place and has a point, especially to those, who, like she did, suffer from mob persecution of lesser people led by unscrupulous power greedy manipulators. In that sense the movie is very encouraging and good. In USA, country where Rand emigrated and worked, unfortunately this is often vuhlgarly misinterpreted as either a despikable call for egotism or its very affirmation, while it is not really the main point. Most actors did a good job here, except for Gary Cooper, whose age is not a problem, and he gets the love story, but when it comes to philosophy he is really out of his depth. Never the less, the movie is engaging and surprisinhly watchable, and carries a strong message of keeping one’s integrity and independent spirit against compromises and corruption. It is not a call for egoism at all, but a call for preserverence against petty hters that crush the spirit of the most capable among humans all too often.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 54 min (114 min)
Genre Drama, Romance
Director King Vidor
Writer Ayn Rand (screenplay), Ayn Rand (novel)
Actors Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey, Kent Smith
Production Company Warner Brothers, First National Pictures
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm