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1949 movie based on Ayn Rand's novel about architect Howard Roark
The Fountainhead

The Fountainhead is a 1949 American black-and-white drama film, produced by Henry Blanke, directed by King Vidor, that stars Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey, Robert Douglas and Kent Smith. The film is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ayn Rand, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation. Although Rand's screenplay was used with minimal alterations, she later criticized the film's editing, production design and acting.

Cast and Crew

Gary CooperHoward Roark
Patricia NealDominique Francon
Ayn RandScreenwriter

Video Products

The Fountainhead, 23 Jan 1990


Freedom's Flicks: The 20 best libertarian movies of all time, Libertarian Party News, Nov 1999
Reports on The Orange County Register editors' choices for "20 Best Libertarian Movies of All Time"; includes short descriptions for each movie as well as "best libertarian moments" for the top ten
5.The Fountainhead (1949). Scripted by Ayn Rand from her novel, it's a bold story of an architect who endures poverty and scorn rather than give in to the prevailing egalitarian values of his architect-competitors. The movie, although a bit turgid, well reflects her uncompromising philosophy of individualism. Best libertarian moment: The whole movie is a libertarian moment. If we had to pick one, it would be where Howard Roark (Gary Cooper), defending himself in court after having blown up his own housing project because conventional thinkers meddled with its design ...


The Fountainhead (1949)
    by Jon Osborne, Miss Liberty's Guide to Film and Video, 2001
That's the subject of this film: the struggle of the creative person against the momentum of mediocrity — the price the creative person pays to move the world forward. ... This is one of the most focused screen representations of libertarian ideas to be found and a popular film in its own right, shelved in the classics section for good reason.

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