Rebirth of Reason

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Monday, January 17, 2005 - 2:01pmSanction this postReply
Apparently, the producers are considering bringing out The Fountainhead on DVD if enough people register their interest. Visit this page on Amazon and submit your email address. You'll be notified if it's released, and your email address will count as a 'vote' towards the release.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005 - 9:00amSanction this postReply
Thanks for the heads up. C'mon people lets get out the vote.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2005 - 7:07pmSanction this postReply
I am a fan of DVDs, so I thought I'd mention that the site hometheaterforum.com is having its annual live chat with representatives from Warner Home Video on the 14th of March. The chat is a forum in which to inquire about and request possible future DVD releases from Warner Brothers' library. I couldn't attend last year, but I intend on asking about "The Fountainhead" this year.

Warner Brothers always does a fantastic job with their classic films. When the film is finally available, I believe it will look and sound excellent.

I have previously emailed John Mulvaney from The Criterion Collection about the possiblity of a release of Ayn Rand's edit of "We The Living." Unfortunately, he said there were no plans to acquire the title. The Criterion Collection recently released the roadshow cut of DeMille's "The King of Kings."

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Saturday, June 4, 2005 - 6:52pmSanction this postReply
I definitely voted for the DVD at Amazon.  THis movie is GREAT. Really, really great.  But... what else did we expect? ;-)

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005 - 11:37amSanction this postReply
I'm kind of waiting for the DVD myself (my vhs copy can't last forever).

But personally I'd still prefer a more available version of any version of "We the Living" I'd about give my right arm just to see the moment "That's right Andrei Taganov of the all-union communist party."

This film has it's moments but it's kind of like watching a Muslim/Hindu/Buddhist staring as Jesus in a biblical film, Cooper just didn't get it (that and he looked way too old).


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Saturday, September 30, 2006 - 9:25pmSanction this postReply


Sergeant York Two-Disc Special Edition
The Fountainhead, Springfield Rifle,
The Wreck of Mary Deare, Dallas

Titles, All Remastered and New to DVD, Include Commentary By Jeannine Basinger, New Making-of Featurettes, Documentaries & Vintage Shorts

Burbank, Calif. August 7, 2006 – Another American icon gets the Warner Home Video deluxe treatment with the release of Gary Cooper: The Signature Collection on November 7. All new to DVD and remastered, the 6-disc boxed set features Sergeant York Two-Disc Special Edition, with Cooper’s Academy Award® Best Actor performance, as well as The Fountainhead, Springfield Rifle, The Wreck of Mary Deare and Dallas. Gary Cooper: The Signature Collection will be available for $49.92 SRP. All titles are exclusive to the collection, except Sergeant York Two-Disc Special Edition, which will also sell separately for $26.99 SRP and The Fountainhead, available for $19.97 SRP...

The Fountainhead (1949)
Gary Cooper portrays idealistic architect Howard Roark and Patricia Neal plays the troubled beauty whose desire for him almost destroys her in this emotionally and intellectually searing film scripted by Ayn Rand from her own novel. From a granite quarry to Manhattan skyscrapers to a thrilling courtroom finale with his freedom on the line, Roark stands alone against the whole world.

DVD Special Features:
· New featurette The Making of The Fountainhead
· Theatrical trailer
· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Street Date: November 7, 2006
Collection: $49.92 SRP; Individual Prices Noted Below
All Titles Not Rated

The Fountainhead
Run Time: 113 minutes
$19.97 SRP


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Sunday, October 15, 2006 - 2:19amSanction this postReply
now available from Warner Home Video:
Visionary student architect Howard Roark strives to break away from the classically inspired designs of ordinary architects. His unwillingness to compromise, despite the advice of his ambitious friend, Peter Keating, causes him to be kicked out of school, but earns him a job with Henry Cameron, a talented architect, who also believes that form must follow function. After Cameron is completely destroyed by the system, Roark sets up his own company, but gets only an occasional job. Roark is offered a commission to build a bank building, but when he learns that the bank wants him to add some classical touches, he rejects the commission, to the secret delight of Ellsworth Toohey, the architectural critic at the Bulletin newspaper. Gail Wynand, the owner of the Bulletin, holds a controlling interest in the bank, and when he asks Toohey to suggest a replacement for Roark, Toohey suggests the now successful Peter Keating. Wynand is not impressed with Peter's work and consults with Dominique Francon, the paper's other architectural writer, whose father is Peter's partner. Even though Peter is Dominique's fiancé, she refuses to recommend him and her ferocious independence so impresses Wynand that he falls in love with her. Later, at a dinner party, Wynand offers the commission to Peter if he will break his engagement to Dominique. After Peter accepts the commission and leaves Wynand's apartment, Wynand proposes to Dominique, but, saying that she is incapable of feeling, Dominique turns him down. She then leaves New York for her father's country house. There she meets Roark, who has taken a job working at a nearby quarry. Although they never exchange names, they are instantly drawn to each other. After a brutal sexual encounter with Dominique, Roark returns to the city, where a man named Enright offers him work. At Toohey's suggestion, the Bulletin starts a campaign against the Enright Building. Dominique, impressed by the design, begs Wynand to call off the campaign, and when he refuses, she resigns. The building completed, Enright throws a party in Roark's honor, and for the first time, Dominique learns the identity of her mysterious lover. Later, she visits Roark in his apartment and tells him that even though she loves him, she will never see him again as she cannot bear to see him destroyed. Roark admits that he returns her love and adds that he will wait for her until she has learned not to be afraid of the world. Immediately after leaving Roark, Dominique asks Wynand to marry her. Slowly, Roark gets commissions for small buildings, farms, gas stations and homes from people who have seen his work and like it. Eventually Wynand asks Roark to build a country home for him and Dominique. When Dominique learns who is designing the house, she reminds Wynand of the Bulletin's campaign against Roark, but Wynand is charmed by the architect, and he becomes a frequent guest of the couple. Meanwhile, Peter has started to lose business. He begs Roark to help him design the Cortlandt Homes, a housing project, and Roark, realizing that he would never be able to get his own design past Toohey, agrees on condition that Peter promise it will be built exactly as he specifies. Peter does not have the strength of character to enforce Roark's wishes, and Roark returns from a vacation to witness the construction of a greatly altered building. With Dominique's help, he blows up the project and then admits his guilt. Wynand's is the only paper to stand behind Roark, and Toohey and his cronies are able to whip up public opinion against both Roark and Wynand. In order to save his paper, Wynand is forced to condemn his friend. Despite all of Toohey's efforts, however, Roark's impassioned speech in favor of individualism causes the jury to acquit him. Enright then buys the Cortlandt project and gives it to Roark to build as he chooses. Wynand offers Roark a contract to design the Wynand Building and, after the contract is signed, kills himself. Roark designs the Wynand Building to be the tallest in the city and finally marries Dominique.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2006 - 1:15amSanction this postReply
an ideal accompaniment
to your The Fountainhead dvd gift:

Max Steiner's rhapsodic 1949 musical score for "The Fountainhead." Based on Ayn Rand's novel, the film starred Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal and was directed by King Vidor. CD includes lavish 32 page deluxe color booklet with a detailed musical commentary and history of the film.

1. Main Title/Montage: Roark’s Early Life 2:53
2. Cameron’s Heart Attack/The Ambulance 2:31
3. Awaiting the Board’s Decision :25
4. Ellsworth Toohey :33
5. Wynand and Toohey/Down the Airshaft 1:30
6. Dominique’s Fear of the World :41
7. "A Woman Incapable of Feeling"/The Sound of Blasting 1:51
8. The Quarry 1:26
9. Dominique Fantasizes About Roark :36
10. Dominique Smashes the Marble 1:06
11. The Wrong Man :22
12. Dominique’s Wild Ride/The Rape/Enright’s Letter/Roark is Gone 4:04
13. What is Toohey After?/Montage: Toohey’s Crusade/Construction of the Enright House 1:53
14. Piano for Secondhanders 2:06
15. Dominique’s Theme for Piano/In Roark’s Apartment 6:24
16. Dominique Agrees to Marry Wynand :39
17. Blackballed/Montage: Roark Defeated/"But I Don’t Think of You"/Montage: Roark Ascendant/Roark Interviewed 4:27
18. Summoned by Wynand :28
19. Dominique Assails Wynand 1:48
20. Wynand Tempts Roark/Dominique and Roark Reunited 3:44
21. Roark Agrees to Design Cortlandt :42
22. Dominique’s Jealousy :34
23. Keating is Overruled :26
24. Cortlandt Homes/Roark Plots with Dominique 3:15
25. Roark Dynamites Cortlandt/Toohey’s Rally/Wynand’s Soliloquy 2:49
26. Wynand Crusades for Roark/Hospital Visit/Keating’s Confession (deleted) 4:11
27. Wynand Surrenders :55
28. The Jury Deliberates/The Call from Wynand 2:26
29. Finale: The Wynand Building 2:30

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Friday, February 1, 2008 - 8:30amSanction this postReply
The Fountainhead was once described (accurately, I think) as a "camp, conservative classic."

It is a very campy movie, especially the way in which it was directed. The stilted dialogue doesn't help, and neither does the casting of Gary Cooper in the lead.

Personally, I find it very odd that the director, King Vidor, who championed films with explicitly collectivist and leftist themes ("The Crowd" (1928); "Our Daily Bread" (1934)), would be attracted to the ideas in TF unless it were to render them in a campy sort of way on purpose; collectivism ridiculing individualism.

The Dutch director Paul Verhoeven ("Soldier of Orange"; "Black Book"; "Robocop"; "Basic Instinct"; etc.) performed a similar stylistic massacre on a perfectly good little science fiction classic by Robert Heinlein titled "Starship Troopers."

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