FOR PRODUCER'S EYES ONLY: Ayn Rand's Frank Lloyd Wright House

Posted by sdesapio 10 years, 11 months ago to The Gulch: Promotions
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Recognized by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time", and inspirational in the creation of character Howard Roark in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, architect Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned by Rand in 1946 to design for her a home.

For various reasons that house was never built but, a limited number of prints of Wright's rendering were made available. One of those prints hangs today in Atlas Shrugged Producer John Aglialoro's office - along with a letter from Ayn Rand to Frank Lloyd Wright praising the house. For the first time, the print and Ayn Rand's letter are being made publicly available... to Galt's Gulch Online Producers Only.

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  • Posted by Hiraghm 10 years, 9 months ago
    I have never "liked' Wright's designs. I put it in quotes, because I don't find particular fault with them; they're quite brilliant in design. They're just not to my taste.

    And I'll never understand Roark's mindset; if you take someone else's money, you build what THEY want built. Otherwise, fund your own darned architectural sculpture. Roark sure wouldn't have put up with a subcontractor changing a square stairwell as an oval because of his own personal vision; nor would he put up with a landscape subcontractor putting a flowerbox in the middle of the living room because that was his vision, even though it was not Roark's.

    I'm reminded of a scene from "The Agony and the Ecstasy":

    "Raphael: For what is an artist in this world but a servant, a lackey for the rich and powerful? Before we even begin to work, to feed this craving of ours, we must find a patron, a rich man of affairs, or a merchant, or a prince or... a Pope. We must bow, fawn, kiss hands to be able to do the things we must do or die.
    Raphael: We are harlots always peddling beauty at the doorsteps of the mighty.
    Michelangelo: If it comes to that, I won't be an artist.
    Raphael: [scoffs] You'll always be an artist. You have no choice. "

    Stone, wood, nails, paint... and more... have to be paid for. If you can't pay for them yourself, you have to find someone who will. Perhaps you'll get lucky, and find a rich Pope with vision, who acknowledges that your vision exceeds his, and funds your need to create because of his need to see your creations become reality.
    Otherwise, you're a mere mortal like the rest of us who have to do work we hate to get the financing to do what we love, whether it's building unique architecture or water skiing.
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  • Posted by Gagers 10 years, 10 months ago
    Random thoughts on part 1
    1 - Casting was perfect. All the actors looked the part they played. Taylor Schilling was the perfect Dagny Taggart. Grant Bowler was great playing Henry Rearden.
    2 - The seen in the oil mans house. Problem – A movie on conservative values and a scene where a girl goes to bed with a married man. --- Scene could have gone like this. They are standing at the top of the stairs, looking at each other. He says I want to kiss you. She says we have to think of our commitments at home. They gaze at each other. He kisses her on the forehead. They each walk off to their own rooms. ---- There I fixed it.
    3 - Liked the movie so well we bought the DVD. – Not happy with it. Three scenes in the movie were not in the DVD. Time wise the movie was 15 minutes longer. At the end on the DVD they had ten to fifteen minutes of different people saying “I am John Galt” . How sad. Cut the length of the DVD for that.
    Part 2
    1 - Thought the casting was terrible. -- The girl they had playing Dagny did not look the part. She looked more like someone we would meet in Wal Mart than a very powerful, smart corporate executive. She was not a good actress and not believable. --- Henry Rearden was not near as good as part one. His wife was poorly cast compared to part one. The rest of the cast was ok but the two stars carry the movie and they were not good.
    2 - Producers said they could not gather the whole cast from Part 1 in time to make the movie. Answer, they didn’t need the whole cast just Taylor Schilling
    3 - Fire in the steel mill hokey. -- Should be changed or left out. Two multimillionaires run down to put out a fire. One pushes the other out of the way from falling steel celling beam. If that beam really fell the whole roof would have come down with it.
    4 - Plane crash at the end. – Did the plane break the sound barrier? Crash through a shield? How did the first plane get through and not the second.
    Personal rating – Part 1 outstanding A+ -------- Part 2 disappointed in cast & scene selection C-

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    • Posted by LionelHutz 10 years, 10 months ago
      Your posting has landed in a strange spot. Perhaps you meant to post a new entry? You have replied off-topic.

      Anyway, what you share here has been said a lot at this site. Keep in mind the movies are based on the book, and your #2 objection wouldn't be staying true to the book. There's a good reason this scene has to stay because of events that are going to unfold in part 3. Your #4 point - NO, YES, THEY HAD THE KEY.
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