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Friday 20 May 2016
Neutral
Mohaiminul Islam, The Daily Star (Dhaka)

After his episode of the omnibus film “On Our Merry Way” (1948), Vidor signed with Warner Bros. for what would eventually be a three-picture deal. The first of these projects was “The Fountainhead” (1949), which skillfully combined novelist Ayn Rand’s radical egoism with the director’s own, more quizzical, individualism. The story of an architect’s battle with professional and social hypocrisy, the film was among Vidor’s most fully realized productions of the postwar period.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 20 May 2016
Friday 06 May 2016
Positive
Samuel Goldman, The American Conservative

In The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand describes the heroic architect Howard Roark as possessing a “body of long straight lines and angles, each curve broken into planes.” Unlike the athlete’s graceful physique, his body is taut, standing rigid like the monumental buildings he designs. No matinee idol, Roark’s “hard, forbidding” face is striking but not exactly handsome. His narrow mouth inclines toward a contemptuous smirk; his hair is “neither blond nor red, but the exact color of a ripe orange rind.”

That doesn’t sound much like Gary Cooper, who played Roark in the 1949 film version of Rand’s novel. But it bears a striking resemblance to Ziggy Stardust, the most iconic of the characters whom the late David Bowie portrayed in the idiosyncratic combination of sound and vision that defined his career. According to Robert Dean Lurie, this similarity not coincidental. In his e-book We Can Be Heroes, Lurie argues that Bowie was a champion of “radical individualism” inspired not just by Rand but also by Nietzsche, Kerouac, and perhaps even Edmund Burke.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 06 May 2016
Tuesday 19 April 2016
Positive
Daily Caller

As Gary Cooper, portraying the character of architect Howard Roark in the cinematic adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel, The Fountainhead, said, “The mind is an attribute of the individual. There is no such thing as a collective brain. The man who thinks, must think and act on his own. The reasoning mind cannot work under any form of compulsion, it cannot be subordinated to the needs, opinions, or wishes of others.”

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 19 Apr 2016
Tuesday 12 April 2016
Positive
Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

Trump is a guy who says he doesn’t care what other people think, then goes on to obsess endlessly about what other people think. He’s exactly the sort of person who would want you to think he’s an Ayn Rand fan, while he really acts like one of her villains.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 12 Apr 2016
Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine

…Gary Cooper played the egocentric architect Howard Roark in the movie version of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. Is Trump trying to play him in real life…

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 12 Apr 2016
Positive
Joey Clark, The Libertarian Republic

…Donald Trump is either trolling the brilliance of The Fountainhead or barely understands Howard Roark’s motivations. I venture it’s the latter.

Howard Roark does not simply design skyscrapers and rage against the establishment; Roark truly has his own vision of the world according to his own mind and principles, and he refuses to sacrifice his thoughtful vision—not even for money, power, or fame.

Howard Roark is no troll, and he would certainly not “pivot” for the sake of mollifying his enemies and serving as a symbol to the nation. No, Roark, as a true great individualist, does not wish to rile up collectives or compare his “greatness” to the “losers” in the establishment. As Roark tells Peter Keating, “I don’t make comparisons. I never think of myself in relation to anyone else. I just refuse to measure myself as part of anything.”

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 12 Apr 2016
Follow @JamesHohmann, Washington Post

…for Cruz being the Republican nominee.” Ayn Rand, the Russian-born American novelist, in Manhattan circa 1962. (AP Photo) – Donald Trump says he identifies with Howard Roark from Ayn Rand’s…

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 12 Apr 2016
Sunday 03 April 2016
Mixed
Garry Reed, The Examiner

…a passing reply in a Hollywood Reporter interview with Director/Producer Zack Snyder who said, “I have been working on The Fountainhead.” That was enough for Rand-ripping writer Vince Mancini at Uproxx, an essentially unknown, never-heard-of, off-the-beaten site map net nest that imagines itself an eMag or webzine or blogazette or PixelPub or somesuch, to create a hatchet-hacking tract.

The massive black headline from Uproxx is pure libertarian/Objectivist click bait. Three of its 14 words are “Libertarian,” “Ayn Rand” and “Fountainhead.” This heavy header hovers above a photo of Snyder with a familiar Ayn Rand headshot photoshopped into it.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 03 Apr 2016
Friday 01 April 2016
Positive
Steve Mariotti, Huffington Post

SM: How did Ayn Rand personally affect the way you live your life.

JG: She inspired me to stay true to my own convictions, regardless of the opinions of others. Politics aside, most women struggle with the desire to please others, and the social expectation to put others’ needs above our own. Ayn Rand gives all women — all people — encouragement to put themselves first. And I’m not alone. Some leading lights in entertainment have also been influenced by Ayn Rand, including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jim Carrey, and Rob Lowe.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 02 Apr 2016
Thursday 31 March 2016
Mixed
Martin Kettle, The Guardian (London)

In January 2015 Sajid Javid, then culture secretary and now business secretary, was invited to choose and introduce a film for members of parliament’s new crossbench film society to watch. Javid’s choice caught the audience by surprise. No Star Wars, no Godfather, no Brief Encounter for him. Instead Javid picked the 1949 movie The Fountainhead, directed by King Vidor and starring Gary Cooper as the defiant architect Howard Roark. Why? The important clue, Javid explained, was the script, which had been adapted by the implacable libertarian Ayn Rand from her novel of the same name.

Javid admitted that The Fountainhead was not his favourite movie, but he said that it was the most important to him. When he first saw it, he said that evening, he thought it was “a film that was articulating what I felt”. So taken with its message was he that Javid even, he remembered, read the movie’s courtroom scene aloud to his future wife, Laura, when they were courting – a scene I find difficult to banish from my view of Javid. And still today, he went on, he made sure to read that same scene to himself twice a year.

These are fascinating cineaste confessions. However, they shine a disturbing light the way he has approached his job as business secretary for the past year – in charge of government policy on, among other things, the steel industry.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 31 Mar 2016
Monday 28 March 2016
Neutral
Ryan Avent, Australian Financial Review

[Photo caption:] Ahead of his time: Gary Cooper plays Howard Roark, a visionary architect who lives to work, in the 1949 movie of Ayn Rand’s novel “The Fountainhead”.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 28 Mar 2016
Friday 25 March 2016
Positive
Mark Judge, CNSNews.com

Zach Synder, the director of the just-released film “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” has revealed that he is working on an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s book “The Fountainhead.”

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 23 Mar 2016