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Gary Cooper with Ayn Rand during filming of "The Fountainhead" [1949]             Atlas Shrugged Trilogy

The Fountainhead

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Ayn Rand [1905-82] was one of the most important philosophers of the XXth Century.
Her philosophy of Objectivism thrives in America, especially around college campuses,
and her books sell 300,000 copies each year.

Ayn Rand credits [since 1927] at Internet Movie Database

Ayn Rand Pages at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

Ayn Rand & Objectivism Links Page at the Working Minds Philosophy website

Ayn Rand Quotes Page at Working Minds Philosophy website



"Atlas Shrugged, Part I"
[Strike Prodns/Rocky Mountain Pictures April 2011]
poster for Atlas Shrugged Part 1 movie  After years of on-again, off-again 'development hell', the three-part version of "Atlas Shrugged" finally began filming in June 2010, intended for TV broadcast. John Galt leads an intellectual strike to 'stop the engine of the world', while Dagny Taggart fights bureaucrats and mobs of looters to keep the Taggart Transcontinental Railroad alive. The Part I story ends with the disappearance of Ellis Wyatt and the burning of the oil fields. Produced by The Strike Productions & John Aglialoro; directed by Paul Johansson; script by Brian Patrick O’Toole; starring Taylor Schilling {as Dagny Taggart}, Grant Bowler {as Hank Reardon}, Paul Johansson {as John Galt}, Michael Lerner, Matthew Marsdan, Graham Beckel {as Ellis Wyatt} & Jsu Garcia {as Francisco D'Anconia}
Fox widescreen color Blu-ray [11/2011] for $19.99
Fox widescreen color DVD [11/2011] for $12.49
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site2/2011 official trailer [2:26] on YouTube

full-page movie review in Time Magazine, April 2011

Atlas Shrugged novel by Ayn Rand  Atlas Shrugged movie John Galt poster  "Atlas Shrugged" [1957 classic novel] by Ayn Rand
John Galt leads an intellectual strike to 'stop the engine of the world', while
Dagny Taggart fights bureaucrats and mobs of looters to keep the Taggart
Transcontinental Railroad alive.

Signet mass pb [8/96] for $9.99

logo for "Atlas Shrugged" feature film trilogy from producer's website

"Atlas Shrugged, Part II: The Strike"
[Strike Prodns Oct 2012]
poster for Atlas Shrugged Part 2 movie  Although the Part 1 movie lost money in theatrical release, the indefatigable Objectivist team began filming "Atlas Shrugged Part 2" (of three} in April 2012; release was set for October 2012, with the intention of influencing the November elections. The change of actors is bothersome, and the budget restrictions obvious (i.e. makeup & hair); the camera direction was okay, but direction of actors was botched. Storywise, the critical Taggart Tunnel is destroyed by incompetence, the government suspends all rights, Francisco delivers his money speech at James Taggart's wedding, and Part 2 ends with Dagny crash-landing her airplane in Galt's Gulch. Produced by The Strike Prodns & John Aglialoro, with film expert Duncan Scott; starring Samantha Mathis {as Dagny}, Jason Beghe {as Hank Rearden}, Esai Morales {as Francisco d'Anconia}, Patrick Fabian, Kim Rhodes, Richard T. Jones, D.B. Sweeney {as John Galt}, Paul McCrane & John Rubinstein
Fox Home Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [2/2013] for $8.17
Fox Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [2/2013] for $12.15
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
January 2012 official teaser trailer [1:04] on YouTube
July 2012 official teaser trailer [0:41] on YouTube
September 2012 official trailer [2:15] on YouTube
October 2012 featurette "Behind The Scenes At Rearden Steel" [19:34] on YouTube

logo for "Atlas Shrugged" feature film trilogy from producer's website

"Atlas Shrugged, Part III: Who Is John Galt?"
[Strike Prodns for July 2014? release]
Principal photography began in January 2014 and wrapped in February 2014; adapted & directed by James Manera; starring Rob Morrow {as Hank Rearden}, Laura Regan {as Dagny Taggart}, Eric Allan Kramer {as Ragnar Danneskjöld}, Kristoffer Polaha {as John Galt}, Joaquim de Almeida {as Francisco d'Anconia}, Peter Mackenzie, Greg Germann • latest info at IMDbofficial movie site

logo for "Atlas Shrugged" feature film trilogy from producer's website

History of the Atlas Shrugged Movie Trilogy in Kindle format by Joan Carter  
"The History of the Atlas Shrugged Movie Trilogy" for Kindle [2014]
by {associate producer} Joan Carter

Kindle Edition 74-page report from Amazon Digital Services [7/2014] for $4.99

for more details on the novel and the 3-part movie, see
Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore's "Atlas Shrugged" Page



"The Fountainhead" [Warner Bros. July 1949]
Fountainhead poster  Directed by King Vidor [1894-1982]; script by Ayn Rand based on her 1943 novel; starring Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal & Raymond Massey
Warner b&w DVD [11/2006] for $17.49
Warner b&w VHS [1/90] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Fountainhead video  Fountainhead book  Novel by Ayn Rand [1943]
Signet pb [8/96] for $8.99
Plume 60th Anniv hardcover [12/2002] for $27.97
Blackstone UNABR audio CD [6/2003] for $44.95



Other Films By/About Ayn Rand

"Night of January 16th"
Paramount feature film released Nov 1941; script by Delmer Daves & Robert Pirosh & Ayn Rand,
adapted from her play; directed by William Clemens, starring Robert Preston & Ellen Drew
b&w video not available; full credits from IMDb

"Broadway Television Theatre" broadcast of 14 July 1952
video/kinescope not available; credits from IMDb

"Lux Video Theatre" broadcast of 10 May 1956
video/kinescope not available; credits from IMDb

"Noi Vivi / Addio Kira" [Italian feature film 1942]
Restored/subtitled version released 1986
Noi Vivi / We The Living on DVD  Noi Vivi / We The Living on VHS  Based on "We The Living"; screenplay by Oreste Biancoli & Anton Giulio Majano, directed by Goffredo Alessandrini; starring Alida Valli & Rossano Brazzi
Scalera Films/Duncan Scott Prodns b&w DVD [8/00] 2 disks for $26.96
Scalera Films/Duncan Scott Prodns b&w VHS [5/94] 2 tapes out of prodn/used
credits from IMDb: 1942 version  |  1986 version
We The Living   "We The Living" novel by Ayn Rand [1936]
Signet/N.A.L. mass pb [1/96] for $7.99

"You Came Along" [Paramount July 4 1945]
You Came Along 1945 publicity photo: (L-R) Charles Drake, Robert Cummings, Lizabeth Scott & Don DeFore   Directed by John Farrow; screenplay by Ayn Rand & Robert Smith; starring Robert Cummings, Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Charles Drake, Julie Bishop, Kim Hunter & Helen Forrest
video not available; full credits at IMDb

"Love Letters" [Paramount Aug 1945]
Love Letters   Directed by William Dieterle; screenplay by Ayn Rand, adapted from Chris Massie's book 'Pity My Simplicity'; starring Joseph Cotten & Jennifer Jones
DVD not available; Universal b&w VHS [2/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
"Lux Video Theatre" broadcast of 20 January 1955
video/kinescope not available; credits from IMDb

"Without Reservations"  [R.K.O. 1946]
The female author of a novel in a similar tone as Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead" meets a tough-guy actor on a train
bound for Hollywood where her novel is to be made into a movie; she actively pursues him for the lead role,
though he's read the novel and openly mocks it as ridiculous nonsense.

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy; starring John Wayne & Claudette Colbert; full credits at IMDb

"Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life"
[documentary Feb 1998]
Sense of Life   Written & directed by Michael Paxton; narrated by Sharon Gless, featuring Michael S. Berliner, Harry Binswanger, Cynthia Peikoff, Leonard Peikoff & Mike Wallace, with archive foorage of Phil Donahue, Tom Snyder, Ayn Rand & Frank Lloyd Wright; Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature
Strand Releasing widescreen color/b&w 'Director's Vision' DVD [8/2004] 2 disks for $32.49
second disk includes film of the play "Ideal" and other extras
Image Ent letterbox color DVD [10/99] out of stock/used
Strand Releasing color/b&w VHS [3/2000] out of stock/used
full credits at IMDb | official website

Gibbs Smith 11x8½ companion book [7/98] for $26.21

"The Passion of Ayn Rand"
[Showtime tv movie May 1999]
Passion video  Directed by Christopher Menaul; starring Helen Mirren, Eric Stoltz, Julie Delpy, Peter Fonda
Showtime color DVD [4/2002] for $17.99
Showtime color VHS [4/2002] for $9.48
full credits from IMDb
book by Barbara Branden [1987]
Doubleday 9x6 pb [9/87] for $13.56
David P. Hayes's rebuttal to the book

"The Husband I Bought"
tentative feature film for 2001; based on Ayn Rand's first short story
in English, not published until 1984; to be directed by Stephan Elliott
listing is gone from IMDb

C-Span 'American Writers' Ayn Rand segment [broadcast 12 May 2002]
website watch the program online! [uses RealMedia]

"Ideal" [2004 video release]
Ayn Rand's play 'Ideal' was written in 1934 and not produced until 1989,
at the Melrose Theater in Hollywood, under the direction of Michael Paxton
credits at IMDb; available as an extra on the "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life" 2-disk DVD

"The Birth of Objectivism"
The Birth of Objectivism documentary videos  Part of The Objectivist History Project; produced & directed by Duncan Scott; not listed on IMDb
Volume 1 (50 minutes): featuring Nathaniel Brandon, economist Robert Hessen, Ed Snider, and Joan Kennedy Taylor
Duncan Scott Prodns widescreen color DVD [1/2005] for $19.95
Volume 2 (58 minutes): featuring Barbara Branden, attormeys Erika Holzer & Henry Mark Holzer, and Libertarian John Hospers
Duncan Scott Prodns widescreen color DVD [1/2006] for $19.95
Volume 3 (57 minutes): featuring Iris Bell, Barbara Branden, Patricia Neal & Al Ramrus
Duncan Scott Prodns widescreen color DVD [10/2011] for $19.95

"Ayn Rand: In Her Own Words" [video release May 2011]
Ayn Rand In Her Own Words documentary film  The life and work of Ayn Rand described thru film and television, including
never-before-seen footage from the archives of the Ayn Rand Estate.

Directed by John Little & Robert Anderson
Entertainment One widescreen color/b&w DVD [5/2011] for $14.98
full credits at IMDbwatch official trailer [1:43] on YouTube

"Ayn Rand & The Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged"
[limited release Jan 2012]
Ayn Rand & The Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged video  87-minute color documentary film describing how Ayn Rand's warnings in the 1950s are appearing as world economic events of today. Co-produced & directed by Chris Mortensen; narrated by Gary Anthony Williams; featuring Mike Berliner, Andrew Bernstein, Harry Binswanger, Yaron Brook, Christopher Cerf, Kevin O'Connor, Amy Peikoff, Elliot Persico, Richard E. Ralston, Albert S. Ruddy, Ed Snider, many others
Arts Alliance America widescreen color DVD [4/2012] for $19.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitewatch official trailer on YouTube



Ayn  Rand  Interview  &  Speech  Videos

Laissez Faire Books {business shut down 10/2007}  Laissez Faire Books closed in 2007,
their videos are no longer available commercially.

DR's list of 25 radio & TV interviews/segments on YouTube

Mike Wallace / Ayn Rand video  

"Mike Wallace Interviews Ayn Rand, February 1959"
credits at IMDb
watch 11/2011 upload [27:03] on YouTube
9½-minute Part 19¾-minute Part 28-minute Part 3

1961 interview with Ayn Rand at University of Michigan  

"Understanding Our World: An Interview with Ayn Rand"
[UMTV 1961] aka "Ayn Rand and The New Intellectual"

interview of Ayn Rand by Prof. James V. McConnell at University of Michigan
sparse info at IMDb
watch Part 1 [10:39]watch Part 2 [10:14]watch Part 3 [10:14]

fuzzy screenshot of Ayn Rand & Johnny Carson, August 1967  Johnny Carson Interviews Ayn Rand [1967]
Ayn Rand's first appearance on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson & Ed McMahon on 11 August 1967; she also appeared on October 22nd {IMDb credits} & December 13th
watch 11/2012 upload [26:38] on YouTube
watch 7/2012 upload on YouTube: part 1 [13:24]part 2 [13:13]
James Day interview of Ayn Rand  
"Ayn Rand Speaks For Herself" [WNET 1974]
James Day interview of Ayn Rand on "Day At Night" [1974] • taped at WNET in New York City; rediscovered in 2013; AR appears to enjoy the questions/exchange
series credits at IMDb
watch 11/2013 upload [27:37] on YouTube
Phil Donahue / Ayn Rand video   "Phil Donahue Interviews Ayn Rand, May 1979" in Chicago
credits at IMDb; she also appeared on 29 April 1980 {IMDb credits}
watch 5/2012 upload [45:54] on YouTube
8-minute Part 18¾-minute Part 210-minute Part 3
10-minute Part 410-minute Part 5
Tom Snyder / Ayn Rand video   "Tom Snyder Interviews Ayn Rand, July 1979"
watch 11/2012 upload [29:04] on YouTube
10-minute Part 110-minute Part 29¼-minute Part 3

Raymond Newman's 1980 radio interview with Ayn Rand [8/2009 upload]
listen to Part 1 [9:30] on YouTubelisten to Part 2 [10:00] on YouTubelisten to Part 3 [10:00] on YouTube
listen to Part 4 [10:00] on YouTubelisten to Part 5 [7:18] on YouTube

Ayn Rand's last public speech "The Sanction of The Victims" [5/2013 upload]
speech and Q&A at the National Committee for Monetary Reform Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1981
{sound is not the best quality and Ayn Rand was in failing health}
watch color video [52:16] on YouTube



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