The Fountainhead (1949)
Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 2
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Release Date: Jul 2, 1949 Wide
Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 4,016
The hero of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead is Howard Roark (Gary Cooper), a fiercely independent architect obviously patterned after Frank Lloyd Wright. Rather than compromise his ideals, Roark takes menial work as a quarryman to finance his projects. He falls in love with heiress Dominique (Patricia Neal), but ends the relationship when he has the opportunity to construct buildings according to his own wishes. Dominique marries a newspaper tycoon (Raymond Massey) who at first conducts a vitriolic
Jul 2, 1949 Wide
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Ellsworth M. Toohey
G. Pat Collins
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The Fountainhead is by turns exciting, handsome, astoundingly awkward, fully committed, untowardly relentless, very strange, and a little creepy in its compulsive watchability.
It's the kind of dazzling film, shot in a fascinating German Expressionist style, that veers from being silly to being provocative.
It remains one of the strangest and most florid pictures of its time, possibly of all time. It's also immensely enjoyable and startlingly steamy... a stylish, fascinating curio.
Irresistibly campy Ayn Rand adaptation.
Soap opera at its finest...and glossy as a skyscraper. Coop and Neal sizzle.
Enjoyable as camp rather than as a manual for living, or even good filmmaking.
Potboiler of potboilers.
Fairly good version of the book, brilliantly stylized
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- Ellsworth M. Toohey: Why don't you tell me what you think of me, in any words you wish?
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