|Finally, Ayn and Nathaniel decide they
want to have sex together, but ask permission of their
spouses, which was reluctantly given. Everything falls
apart several years later when Ayn discovers that
Nathaniel has been intimate with one of his patients
(Sybil Temchen), and has fallen for her.
This film was
produced by Showtime, and earned awards for Fonda and
Mirren. Mirren was absolutely the high point of this
film. The entire film is dark and grainy. Although the
story is somewhat soap opera-like, Ayn Rand is an
interesting enough character, and Mirren did such a great
job with the role that it was watchable.
notes in yellow
and free-thinker Ayn Rand was an interesting
person, as Tuna contends. She consistently
challenged the assumptions inherent in Western
culture, and was keen to expose those assumptions
as arbitrary and/or unjustifiable.
was not, however, a likeable person, either in
real life or as portrayed here, and that may
pollute your enjoyment of a film centered around
her selfishness and the selfishness of her protégé. Rand found altruism to be tantamount to
weakness. Mirren captures Rand's direct and
penetrating mind accurately, to my limited
understanding, but that doesn't make her any
easier to relate to. The only really likeable
character is the unassuming husband whose
centered and unchallenging personality provided
stability in Rand's life. The uncomplicated and
gentle soul was played with the dotty ex-hippie
charm that Peter Fonda exudes effortlessly.
remember reading Atlas Shrugged and The
Fountainhead years ago and feeling the same way
about them that I felt about this movie, that
they possessed features to admire, and features
to debate, but none to like.
- In a world in
which French and English speakers find it so difficult to master
each other's pronunciation, Julie Delpy gets my award for the
native French speaker with the best command of English (especially
American pronunciation and idiom). She won this competition by so much that nobody finished second. Delpy plays an American
woman in this film and she could almost pass. If you listen
carefully, you can hear that she is foreign, but I can't pick up
any trace of a French accent. I mean none at all.
is battling it out with Sally Kirkland for the
award for "oldest nude scene not involving
Jessica Tandy". She was about 53 when she
notice that as Helen gets older, she looks more
and more Slavic. Although she was born in the
U.K., her real name is Ilynea Mironoff - or
probably more correctly, Mironova. Ayn Rand was
Russian, and Mirren was a masterstroke of casting
in just about any way you can imagine. I doubt if
they ever considered any other actress.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 5.3.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C or C+.