The Fountainhead

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"No Man Takes What's Mine !"
  • Approved
  • 1949
  • 1 hr 53 min
  • 7.0  (10,849)

The Fountainhead is a 1949 film directed by King Vidor and based on the bestselling novel by Ayn Rand. The movie stars Gary Cooper as Howard Roark, a brilliant architect with uncompromising views on modern architecture, who is willing to sacrifice everything to maintain his artistic integrity. Patricia Neal co-stars as Dominique Francon, an independent-minded writer and the love interest of Roark, while Raymond Massey plays the austere Ellsworth Toohey, a newspaper columnist who seeks to manipulate the public's taste in architecture.

The movie begins with Roark being expelled from architecture school for his heretical views on the field, which reject the historical styles in favor of a new, functionalist approach. He finds work on a construction site, where he meets Francon and sparks fly between them. However, Francon is initially put off by Roark's apparent indifference to the opinions of others and his unwillingness to follow the conventional architectural trends.

Roark eventually starts his own architectural firm with the help of wealthy businessman Gail Wynand (played by Lionel Stander), who sees the potential in Roark's unique designs. However, Roark's uncompromising views and his refusal to work within the established professional networks and taste-makers earn him the hostility of the architectural establishment, especially Toohey, who uses his considerable influence to sabotage Roark's reputation and career.

The plot thickens when Francon marries another architect, Peter Keating (played by Kent Smith), who is a rising star in the architectural world but whose designs are derivative and mediocre. Francon initially opposes Keating's lack of originality and artistic vision, but eventually comes to appreciate the social and professional advantages that come with conforming to the norms and expectations of society. She eventually becomes disillusioned with Keating and his peers and turns back to Roark, but not before Keating has betrayed Roark and caused him to face a serious setback.

The climax of the film takes place as Roark is commissioned to design a public building, the Cortlandt Housing Project, which is intended to provide affordable housing to lower-income families. Roark's design is revolutionary and controversial, as it challenges the status quo and the assumptions that underlie traditional architectural forms. Toohey and his allies launch an all-out attack on Roark's project, resorting to lies, sabotage, and political pressure to thwart Roark's efforts. Roark faces a dilemma between his artistic integrity and his desire to help the families who would benefit from his design, and the final resolution is both dramatic and thought-provoking.

The Fountainhead is a passionate and thought-provoking film that addresses essential questions about individualism, creativity, and the role of art in society. It is an excellent adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel, which is lauded by many for its celebration of individualism and criticized by others for its ideological rigidity and indifference to social concerns. The movie features excellent performances by the lead actors, Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal, and is visually stunning, with many striking images of modern architecture and the New York skyline. The film's message of individualism and artistic freedom may be controversial, but it is undoubtedly a powerful and inspiring work of cinema.

The Fountainhead is a 1949 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 53 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.0.

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    7.0  (10,849)