The Fountainhead
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The Fountainhead
The hero of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead is Howard Roark (Gary Cooper), a fiercely independent architect obviously patterned after Frank Lloyd Wright. Rather than compromise his ideals, Roark takes menial work as a quarryman to finance his projects. He falls in love with heiress Dominique (Patricia Neal), but ends the relationship when he has the opportunity to construct buildings according to his own wishes. Dominique marries a newspaper tycoon (Raymond Massey) who at first conducts a vitriolic campaign against the "radical" Roark, but eventually becomes his strongest supporter.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Fountainhead is by turns exciting, handsome, astoundingly awkward, fully committed, untowardly relentless, very strange, and a little creepy in its compulsive watchability."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"It remains one of the strangest and most florid pictures of its time, possibly of all time. It's also immensely enjoyable and startlingly steamy... a stylish, fascinating curio."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Enjoyable as camp rather than as a manual for living, or even good filmmaking."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Seldom has symbolism been so leaden."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"King Vidor's melodrama about individualism and creativity works better as cinema than as literature (it's based on Rand's novel)."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Irresistibly campy Ayn Rand adaptation."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Potboiler of potboilers."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"It's the kind of dazzling film, shot in a fascinating German Expressionist style, that veers from being silly to being provocative."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Soap opera at its finest...and glossy as a skyscraper. Coop and Neal sizzle."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Fairly good version of the book, brilliantly stylized"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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