The Fountainhead

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The most bizarre movie in both Vidor's and Cooper's filmographies, this adaptation of Ayn Rand's first novel mutes Ms Rand's neo-Nietzschean philosophy of 'Objectivism' but lays on the expressionist symbolism with a 'free enterprise' trowel. Cooper plays the up-and-coming architect with unorthodox ideas who dynamites a building that doesn't conform with his plans, marries wealthy heiress Neal, and winds up building the world's tallest tombstone as a memorial to a friend who committed suicide. As berserk as it sounds, although handsomely shot by Robert Burks and directed with enthusiasm.

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Duration: 114 mins

Cast and crew

Director: King Vidor
Screenwriter: Ayn Rand
Cast: Patricia Neal
Henry Hull
Robert Douglas
Ray Collins
Kent Smith
Gary Cooper
Raymond Massey
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