November 14, Coincidentally I watched this film last night. I tried to be objective and give it a bias-free, fair hearing; and having not read either the books by the Brandens or Valiant I can't comment on the situation in depth. The film portrays Rand as a second handed emotional tyrant with a messiah complex; she is shown as the opposite of everything she has ever written. I do not believe this version of events for a few reasons: if you compare interviews and lectures given by Rand in the film to the actual interviews and lectures you can tell that the character in the film is twisted and exaggerated. Also, in the film all of the main characters are shown as hugely repressed cultists but in my experience I haven't encountered this sort of mentality often in Objectivists. No one understands Rand's philosophy better than Leonard Peikoff; yet if you listen to his podcast you will find no trace of this kind of stereotypical 'Randroid' rhetoric and emotional repression.
There are others that follow her and thought she was superb. My opinion of the movie was that she was extremely promiscuous and controlling; the immorality was outrageous and for one to be so in tune with reasoning she fell short on how she should use her artistic craft of writing. Rand failed to see it wasn't necessary to get involved with a married man and have him be the inspiration to finish a book. She used poor judgment and was extremely ruthless in her dealings with others.
January 4, Format: Prime VideoVerified Purchase As usual, Dame Helen is in fine form, though the Russian accent is so heavy albeit realistic, as Mirren has Russian lineage that it is a tad distracting. But not as distracting as the close-ups of Mirren's and Stoltz's double pierced ears, a trend that did not appear until the early 80's unless I am badly mistaken. Still, there's only so much a makeup artist can do, and a viewer must suspend disbelief. Rand is all snap, crackle and pop with her meticulous bob, flashing eyes and crimson lips, the ever present cigarette dangling from her red nailed hand.
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