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The Fountainhead (1949) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by King Vidor and produced by Henry Blanke.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Ayn Rand published in 1943.

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THE FOUNTAINHEAD ( 1949 )

By Theresa Brown on Apr 8, 2016 From CineMaven's Essays from the Couch

They say there?s no frigate like a book. But what happens when you turn a frigate into a movie? What?ve you got then? Now Voyaging and Speakeasy have partnered up again to host this weekend?s ?BOOK TO COVER: Books to Film Blogathon.? It?s pretty self-explanatory: ?This blogathon is your opportunity... Read full article


The Fountainhead (1949)

By Beatrice on Jun 10, 2015 From Flickers in Time

The Fountainhead Directed by King Vidor Written by Ayn Rand based on her novel 1949/USA Warner Bros. First viewing/Hulu Plus I cannot fully express my feelings about this film without spoilers. ?Normally, I would suggest that my readers watch the film first but in this case I wouldn’t go ... Read full article


The Fountainhead, Often and Oftener Viewings Makes It Better and Better

By C. S. Williams on Dec 8, 2014 From Classic Film Aficionados

With each viewing of The Fountainhead rather than growing tired of the 65 year old picture, I admire it more and more. Raymond Massey was never more sleazy (in the first two-thirds of the movie), Cooper, strong, silent, never more Cooperesque than in The Fountainhead and Patricia Neal, never more be... Read full article


The Fountainhead, Often and Oftener Viewings Makes It Better and Better

By C. S. Williams on Dec 8, 2014 From Classic Film Aficionados

With each viewing of The Fountainhead rather than growing tired of the 65 year old picture, I admire it more and more. Raymond Massey was never more sleazy (in the first two-thirds of the movie), Cooper, strong, silent, never more Cooperesque than in The Fountainhead and Patricia Neal, never more be... Read full article


The Fountainhead, Often and Oftener Viewings Makes It Better and Better

By C. S. Williams on Dec 8, 2014 From Classic Film Aficionados

With each viewing of The Fountainhead rather than growing tired of the 65 year old picture, I admire it more and more. Raymond Massey was never more sleazy (in the first two-thirds of the movie), Cooper, strong, silent, never more Cooperesque than in The Fountainhead and Patricia Neal, never more be... Read full article


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Dominique Francon: I'll marry you. Don't you want to ask me any questions?
Gail Wynand: No.
Dominique Francon: Thank you. You're making it easier for me.
Gail Wynand: Whatever your reason, I shall accept it. What I want to find in our marriage will remain my own concern. I exact no promises and impose no obligations. Incidentally, since it is of no importance to you, I love you.


Howard Roark: No creator was prompted by a desire to please his brothers. His brothers hated the gift he offered. His truth was his only motive. His work was his only goal. His work, not those who used it, his creation, not the benefits others derived from it. The creation which gave form to his truth. He held his truth above all things, and against all men. He went ahead whether others agreed with him or not. With his integrity as his only banner. He served nothing, and no one. He lived for himself. And only by living for himself was he able to achieve the things which are the glory of mankind. Such is the nature of achievement.


Howard Roark: A building has integrity, just as a man and just as seldom! It must be true to its own idea, have its own form, and serve its own purpose!


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Hoping this film would make her a star, Warner Bros cast a relative unknown, 22-year-old Patricia Neal, after considering and then rejecting Bette Davis, Ida Lupino and Barbara Stanwyck for the female lead.
Ayn Rand only agreed to make her book into a movie if the director promised that everything she wrote would make it into the final product.
The film's failure was largely attributed to Gary Cooper, who at 47 was much older than his twenty-something character and was considered by many critics to be unconvincing playing a man with high ideals.
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