Ayn Rand seems to be everywhere these days. Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee presumptive for Vice President, is a fan (although his actions have often not matched his words); the world's media have become slightly obsessed with explaining how appallingly individualistic she and her writings were; and, best of all, the Adam Smith Institute's Ayn Rand Lecture this year was a roaring success.
So it's another feather in Ms Rand's overflowing cap that the movie of her book The Fountainhead is being screened in London on Saturday 15th of September:
The Fountainhead is an important and inspirational film – whose author, Ayn Rand, has shot into the public eye recently in the US elections.
The film features some of the best actors of the era, including Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal, and directed by King Vidor, the winner of eight international film awards. In 1979 Vidor was awarded an Honorary Academy Award for his “incomparable achievements as a cinematic creator and innovator.”
The story centres around Howard Roark, an architect who refuses to conform to the uncreative limits that others try to impose upon him. According to Ayn Rand, the author: “Whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man’s nature and of life’s potential. There are very few guideposts to find. The Fountainhead is one of them. This is one of the cardinal reasons of The Fountainhead’s lasting appeal: it is a confirmation of the spirit of youth, proclaiming man’s glory, showing how much is possible.”
There are only 85 seats available, so things should fill up pretty quickly. Don't miss it.