Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB
USA, 1997. AG Media Corporation Ltd., Copasetic Inc.. Screenplay by Michael Paxton. Cinematography by Alik Sakharov. Produced by Michael Paxton. Music by Jeff Britting. Production Design by Michael Spiewack. Costume Design by Kevin King. Film Editing by Christopher Earl, Lauren A. Schaffer.
This fascinating documentary explores the life and legacy of one of the most challenging and controversial minds of the twentieth century. Through plenty of footage and photos, interviews with friends and colleagues and excellent narration by Sharon Gless, we are taken through the entire life of Ayn Rand, born Alicia Rosenbaum.
Following her departure from Soviet Russia towards Hollywood, Rand became an extra on the sets of Cecil B. DeMille films and worked on her writing on the side. Through her popular novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, Rand was able to share with the world her philosophy of “individualism”, which she further elaborated upon in non-fiction books and public speaking events.
Loved by some and loathed by others, this film should be seen by everybody no matter what opinion you hold about her ideologies. Its exploration of both her private and professional experiences is an unforgettable odyssey of discovery.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Documentary Feature