Anyone with a clear mind and a clear heart, wondering about the character of Ayn Rand, need only read her novels. This marks an end to Nathaniel Branden. Written by Goofs In a scene set in the early 1950s, Frank says that he met Ayn Rand during the filming of. The breakdown of Rand's relationship with Nathaniel Branden in 1968 coincided with the closure of the Nathaniel Branden Institute and the expulsion of both Nathaniel and Barbara Branden from Rand's circle. The screenplay is written by and. Example Barbara Branden admits to never seeing Frank O'Connor drunk. A paperback edition was released by in 1987.
My comments here are not on specific content or delivery, like some critics my pose. Barbara and her husband, , meet Rand and her husband, , and immediately establish a rapport. Far too arcane and cumbersome to enthrall most fans of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, but deserves a place on the lengthening shelf of books about the influential Rands accomplishments and character. Word of this book needs to spread, and fast. The exact origin of her last name is uncertain; however, in 1936, she told the New York Evening Post that 'Rand is an abbreviation of my Russian surname.
The New Ayn Rand Companion. Valliant's case against Nathaniel and Barbara Branden is solid in and an of itself. Running time 104 minutes Country United States Language English The Passion of Ayn Rand is a 1999 television film directed by. Now, before we get into the fundamentals of how you can watch 'The Passion of Ayn Rand' right now, here are some finer points about the Showtime Networks Inc. The Passion of Ayn Rand. This film is about the mesmerizing personality of Ayn Rand and the effect it had on the life of a disciple, Barbara Branden, and that of her husband, Nathaniel Branden, and, perhaps most pitiably, on the life of Rand's husband, Frank O'Connor. Frank seems to take a fatherly interest in Barbara, distantly reminiscent of Jean Val Jean and Cosette.
Affairs are not the most dignified things, especially when carried on with someone twenty-five years younger, as Nathaniel Branden was to Rand, and especially when involving what appeared to be rough sex, that being the way Rand apparently wanted it. Eric Stoltz is way too naive, and Juli Delpy seems hapless and lost. Valliant published a book-length negative review, The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics, aiming to discredit The Passion of Ayn Rand on grounds of internal inconsistency, inconsistency with other available sources, and inconsistency with previously unpublished diary entries made by Rand in 1967 and 1968. Mirren, like Rand, is in control. If all one has to go on in regards to this aspect of her life is the Brandens' account of things--then you are, I can say quite honestly, missing an entire half of the picture.
As I wrote, she was much more than that: she was a human being and a woman. Having read not only Ayn Rand's novels many times over , but virtually everything Ayn Rand has ever written and published, it was easy for me to discount the rubbish the Brandens were claiming. It is based on the by one of Rand's former associates and 's first wife. He later became a psychologist and author of popular books on self-esteem, but he still had a score to settle with Rand. Not exactly the height of reason. Also in the plus column is a remarkably well selected cast.
Valliant's book and then go on to make that assertion. In 1999 the book was adapted into a that aired on the. Rand's life into the open. The storyline is not very convincing, and it's poorly acted despite having such great casting. Eric Stoltz does an effective job of creating the mixed emotions of a man more in love with ideas than with people, until he finds someone younger, not quite so bright, that he can control without effort.
The Passion of Ayn Rand received moderately positive reviews from critics. The source of the rumor that Ayn's husband was an alcoholic and who spent thousands of hours with Ayn had never seen the alleged alcoholic drunk. When you read the Brandens' biographies, there is simply no reconciling the portrait they paint of Ayn Rand with the giant it clearly took to write such towering works as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. When the affair started, Rand was in the middle of writing her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, a philosophical novel about unstinting individualists who love whom they will on the way to creating the world they want. Ayn Rand's life is discussed so you can understand why she wrote the book and how her early life gave her the philosophy she presented in her books. Peter Fonda's Frank O'Connor is subdued, sometimes stiff, sometimes baffled, the repressed husband described in the bio. They can't stand to argue logically which is why they latched on to this cult accusation.
The New Ayn Rand Companion. Rand takes the youthful Nathaniel under her wing and begins to show an un-platonic interest in her protégé. I simply want to express my fascination with the overall content and that this documentary kept me transfixed on the screen for the entire time. She was not, as other commentators on here have noted, blind to what Nathaniel was doing. Rand not only understood those values intellectually but successfully practiced them within her own relationships.
In 1954, Rand began an extramarital affair with Nathaniel Branden. Rand, the ultimate champion of reason, wanted to believe that feelings must be entirely subordinate to it. The second half consists of Ayn Rand's private journals. There was the sense that they should try to live up to her vision. Barbara must sit by as the two begin what becomes a long, tumultuous affair. When reason is a weapon to inculcate agreement rather than a tool for building understanding, second-hand parroting can often substitute for real thought. The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics: The Case against the Brandens.