(out of 5)
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 Sharon Gless’s excellent narration, we are taken through the entire life of Ayn Rand, born Alicia Rosenbaum in turn of the century Russia. 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.
AG Media Corporation Ltd., Copasetic Inc.
Directed by Michael Paxton
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