The Fountainhead

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Released 1949

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Director:
King Vidor
Released:
1949
Rating:
TV-14
The Fountainhead is a emotionally charged film about a architect unwilling to compromise his standards in the face of much resistance. Howard Roark (Gary Cooper) is a young, idealistic architect, firm and unwavering in his vision of designing structures that defy convention. He will agree to build anything, so long as it adheres to his own design. Finding it difficult to procure bids for such plans, Roark winds up working in a quarry that happens to belong to the father of wealthy socialite Dominique Francon (Patricia Neal). The beautiful and influential young Francon is engaged to another, much less forward thinking architect, Peter Keating, (Kent Smith) but applauds Roark's perseverance, and upon seeing him on a chance visit to the quarry, falls for him. She asks Roark to be with her, so long as he discards his ambition of success in architecture, but he refuses, and Francon ends up marrying Gail Wynand (Raymond Massey), the publisher of the Banner, a very powerful local newspaper. After a joint building venture in which Keating enlists Roark to help him build an unconventional structure gets exposed, Roark sees that he may face the ultimate punishment in response to staying true to his vision. Ayn Rand adapts her own classic novel for this film, directed by King Vidor which serves as a metaphor for individualism in a time when such qualities where not heralded.moreless
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    social commentary, love story, love triangle, cerebral, city living