Railroad owner Dagny Taggart and steel mogul Henry Rearden search desperately for the inventor of a revolutionary motor as the U.S. government continues to spread its control over the national economy.
The time is the Russian Revolution. The place is a country burdened with fear - the midnight knock at the door, the bread hidden against famine, the haunted eyes of the fleeing, the ... See full summary »
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.Written by
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The view outside of Rourke's office is in reality, a heavily-edited montage of multiple real-life buildings. The film's production was reticent to make the background identifiable, not wanting to slight New York City's architectural might and prowess. The image is actually a reversed merging of the New York World building (left, main) and the City Hall building (dome, right). The flag flying on the small building (right) is the state flag of Iowa. In 1949 NYC however, no such building existed which could have appeared at that location behind City Hall. The shadow cast across the New York World is actually the Tribune, which in reality resides on the other side of the New York World building. The image is cropped to conceal the hallmark identifier of the New York World building, a massive dome, thus making the building less recognizable, while the City Hall building conceals the dome's uniquely characteristic clock. See more »
When Roark is having his first meeting with Toohey he has a copy of the Banner in his hand. When Roark says "I read that in your column yesterday" the paper in his hands is open. The scene shifts perspective to Roark from behind and the paper is folded. See more »
No madam I have nothing to say about this building. God gave you eyes and a mind which you're to use. If you fail to do so the loss is yours, not mine.
Female Party Guest:
But don't you want to convince me?
Is there any reason why that should be my concern?
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All pretentious blather about the deeper meaning of Rand's writing aside....
This is a MUST SEE just for the expressions on Patricia Neal's face every time she lays eyes on Gary Cooper. Oh, her eyes bug out, she leans forward like she's about to leap off a building - it's priceless! I watched this with my 70 year old Mom recently, and we were both ROLLING! That poor Patricia Neal character, at one moment so calm and cynical, suddenly turns into a RABID, LUSTING BEAST!! TOO FUNNY!!!
So, all you smart, educated people, was Ms. Rand saying that women are ultimately just slaves to their erotic needs, unlike those men with all their self-determining sense of purpose? (I think I've entered an alternate universe here....)
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