The Fountainhead

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

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.


Release details

114 mins

Cast and crew

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