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The Fountainhead (1949)

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Running Time
1 hour, 54 minutes

Country USA

Studio Warner Brothers

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Other Titles
• The Fountainhead
• Mann wie Sprengstoff, Ein (1949)

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Genre: Drama, Love Triangle, Society, Courtroom, Psychodrama

Tagline: Monumental Best-Seller! Towering Screen Triumph!

Plot: Long treasured as a masterpiece of camp, THE FOUNTAINHEAD stars Gary Cooper as architect Howard Roark. A paragon of integrity, he refuses to create buildings that violate his sense of aesthetic value, choosing instead to work as laborer until he can find funding for his own projects. He becomes involved with wealthy Dominique (Patricia Neal), a woman who combines sexual aggressiveness with an abiding belief that a woman must be subdued in order to love. Roark accepts a commission to build a public-housing project provided that no changes be made to his radical design. When a team of architects is employed to humanize his work, the enraged architect blows up the entire complex. He's placed on trial and is forced to defend the extremity of his action. One of the most unusual artifacts ever to emerge from Hollywood, Ayn Rand's adaptation of her novel is a contradictory hodgepodge of sub-Nietzschean musing, so laden with wooden rhetoric and hysterical ranting that it could never be mistaken for any speech ever uttered on this planet. The bizarre miscasting of Cooper as an arrogant Ubermann and Patricia Neal as a mildly sadomasochistic intellectual only add to the fun. In the legendary scene in which Dominique watches Roark pound his pneumatic drill into the quarry rockface, there's

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 Directed by
King Vidor
War and Peace, The Crowd, Duel in the Sun
 Written by
Ayn Rand
Love Letters, Atlas Shrugged
Gary Cooper
High Noon, Sergeant York, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Patricia Neal
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Raymond Massey
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Kent Smith
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Robert Douglas
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Henry Hull
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Ray Collins
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 Music By
Max Steiner
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