Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Fountainhead vs The Fountainhead

I am in the process of reading “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand (whom I love) and thought it would be nice if I watched the movie as well. Big mistake!
Ayn Rand’s book centers on, Harold Rourk, a man of strong character, who believes that one must live by his own artistic ideas and beliefs. In a world that change and modernization are always moving forward, he finds himself stuck amongst a civilization that believes architecture should continuously represent the past.
Shunned by all that see his designs as modernistic and appalling, Rourk chooses to forgo all traditions and pursue his dream alone and in obscurity. Harold Rourk’s beliefs represent the struggle between individualism and collectivism, making the story the embodiment of humankind.
I love this book and find it very tough to put down. The movie, although scripted by Ayn Rand, has much to be desired. Produced in 1949 and directed by the great King Vidor “The Fountainhead” stays true to the story. Thanks to Ms. Rand who insisted that the screenplay remain exactly as she wrote it. The problem with the movie is the acting. Gary Cooper, whom I have always admired as an actor, plays Howard Rourk quite decently but the fabulous Patricia Neal who plays Dominique Francon (Rourk’s one true love) is absolutely horrendous. Dominique is a vibrant, pillar of strength. Patricia Neal spends most of the movie looking terrified and beaten.

Very disappointing to watch. I believe that someone from one of those bored movie studios should consider remaking this movie and show it for what it should be, Great!