The Fountainhead

BB.5

(out of 5)


Ayn Rand’s ever-popular novel makes for a dull film in this tepid drama starring  and a debuting . Cooper plays an individualistic architect who is expelled from college because of his unique ideas, which do not fit the architectural norms being set by professionals during his time. He has trouble getting a job until he joins a firm that is all in favour of his profoundly post-modern designs, but when the firm’s president dies from depression and drinking, Cooper faces a crisis to either compromise his ideals or risk the same fate. Rand’s philosophies of individualism aren’t exactly hidden deep beneath the surface, but they weren’t subtle in the original novel either and that never stopped it from being popular with audiences. Somehow the drama just doesn’t crackle on screen no matter how you slice it, and stony-faced Cooper has very little chemistry with his female co-star.


Warner Bros.

USA, 1949

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on her novel

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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