Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (1998)




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Sharon Gless narrates this documentary about Russian-born American novelist Ayn Rand. Writer-director Michael Paxton examines her philosophy, her personal life, and her professional career. Rand's popular The Fountainhead (1943), supposedly based on Frank Lloyd Wright, was filmed in 1949, and an Oliver Stone remake has been announced. During the early '70s, Rand's novel Anthem (1936) was filmed, but since this feature-length adaptation was unauthorized, it has never been shown commercially.
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Critic Reviews for Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

... when Ms. Rand, who died in 1982, is verbally sparring with the likes of Phil Donahue or Mike Wallace on old TV broadcasts, she comes alive.

January 7, 2003
Critics Inc./America Online

offers an adoring look at this controversial philosopher and author.

Full Review… | February 27, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Gains little visually from big-screen exposure.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

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November 4, 2007

Audience Reviews for Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life

The fascinating life of Ayn Rand from the beginning to the end. Ayn Rand- A Sense of Life explores the author of best sellers The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged's philosophy of living on Earth: Objectivism. The film had an excellent editing that combined photos, footage, cartoon animation and manuscripts of Rand in a logical and rational order. The film did not bore me for a single minute. As much as I want to say that the film was made objectively, I felt that it missed out some of the less glamorous aspects and some more autobiographical details. Regardless, it offers a good introduction for beginners of Objectivism.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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The so-called driving impetus to modern Republican thought (if only it were true!), as well as famous novelist in her own right, is thumbnail biographied here. Interestingly taking an overview of her famous theory involving free thought and action (and her stand against communism) one is lead to certainly consider actually reading her works about uber-men and the women who love them.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Great documentary on Ayn Rand. If you you are interested in Ayn Rand, it's a great movie. If you aren't, it will bore you silly.

Jeff Gentry
Jeff Gentry

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