- Actors: Helen Mirren, Eric Stoltz, Julie Delpy, Peter Fonda, Sybil Darrow
- Directors: Christopher Menaul
- Writers: Barbara Branden, Howard Korder, Mary Gallagher
- Producers: Barry Krost, Doug Chapin, Irwin Meyer, Linda Curran Wexelblatt
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Orchid
- DVD Release Date: 21 Jun. 2004
- Run Time: 100 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0000C88M2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,071 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Passion Of Ayn Rand [DVD]
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Nathaniel (Eric Stoltz) and Barbara (Julie Delpy) are two college students who greatly admire the work of author Ayn Rand (Helen Mirren). Ayn is a woman who has a great influence on the people she meets due to her high intellect and all-consuming charm but she holds delusions of grandeur, always regarding herself as better than others. In the summer of 1949, Barbara and Nathaniel visit Ayn and her husband Frank (Peter Fonda) and the four quickly become close friends. Ayn manipulates their situation and pushes the young pair into a relationship leading to marriage. As the years pass the pressure grows on the couple's relationship and Nathaniel is drawn into an affair with Ayn when they begin a literary group together. Ayn justifies their infidelity with the belief that she and Nathaniel are superior and can therefore carry on their affair regardless of everyone else. Overspilling with uncontrolled emotions, her friends hurt and upset by her actions, Rand examines her idealised spirit to see where it leads her next, with the possibility of losing everything and everyone she has around her.
Top Customer Reviews
Two attractive young students, Nathaniel Blumenthal (who later changes his name to Nathaniel Branden) and Barbara Weitman (Eric Stoltz and Julie Delpy), are invited, following an enthusiastic letter, to meet their idol, Ayn Rand, at the home she shares with her husband Frank O'Connor (heartbreakingly portrayed by Peter Fonda) in California. Both are passionate devotees of her ideas of Objectivism, reason and self-interest, and find a willing guru in Rand, played with grim charisma by Helen Mirren.
While Nathan is attracted to Barbara, her feelings for him are closer to friendship - but under pressure from Rand, who argues that emotion is always based on reason and that therefore the young couple's shared ideals make them a perfect sexual match, the two of them marry. Their unsuccessful marriage, already intimately destructive since Nathaniel has taken it upon himself to act as Barbara's psychotherapist as well as her husband, seeking to eradicate the 'faulty principles' that make her uncomfortable with the relationship, is worsened when Rand and Nathaniel begin an affair, insisting that their prospective partners accept this sexual relationship as the necessary consequence of their mental compatibility. The tensions between the characters play out against the rising cult of the Nathaniel Branden Institute and the success of Atlas Shrugged, leading to moral and emotional chaos under the guise of reason and idealism.Read more ›
Big words are far more worrying. Words that should only be utilized with very great care. Words which resonate with horror. Then I found this film about the author. A rental proposition of one hour forty minutes of my life. It was time well spent.
'The Passion of Ayn Rand' is directed with polish by Christopher Menaul. The cool jazz soundtrack never irritates and complements the mood swings in the narrative effectively. It is a TV movie and Helen Mirren commands her scenes with consummate ease, her characterisation of Rand not unlike Bette Davis in All About Eve with that cigarette holder, dark eyes and the power of articulate speech presiding over her gynaecocracy.
The story of neglecting relationships neatly embraces a philosophy of calculation without responsibility. `I give no one the power to hurt me' states Rand. This is intellectual barbarism. Computed principles, no regrets; laissez-faire. The film balances all the effects of her way of living and does, I believe, allow the audience to understand the viewpoint of the character called Ayn Rand. The delusions are clear. I remember her time was a time of full employment, of colossal Politics of extremes which were presented with catch-phrase simplicity as a substitute for understanding. A time after total war and the burden of victory which brought anything/anybody who was shiny bright new to the fore.Read more ›
To those unfamiliar with philosophy or works of Ayn Rand (both which are pretty much inseparable), the film will do little to endear them to the philosopher. However, to those who have read Rand's works and seen or heard her interviews the brilliance of Helen Mirren's portrayal is excellent. It is not the kindest of interpretations, but perhaps this reaction comes from our still outmoded sexist notions of the "fairer sex". Rand was a dynamic, intelligent, inspirational and flawed person, and this exactly what you get with this unflinching dramatization.
Recently I had the pleasure of a watching a different documentary film about Miss Rand called "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life." And I think if you are looking for more details actually about her, her life, and her ideas, rather than love affairs which I thought were quite unpleasant within "The Passion of Ayn Rand," "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life" is the film I think you'll enjoy to watch and listen to instead.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stellar performances from a stellar cast with a generally first-rate script and faultless direction. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bladerunner
You would probably have to have an interest in Ayn Rand to get into this film, but if you do, it will be illuminating as an insight into the person, and humanising the legend. Read morePublished 18 months ago by AMR
For any person who ponder what present day modernity is all about the essential document for the Goddess of RAND . Read morePublished on 12 May 2015 by Zdenek Hanzlik
A clear insight into Ayn Rand. Definitely loads of passion here and a revelation of how a cult built around one person's charisma will inevitably fail.Published on 8 Oct. 2014 by Dr Trefor Lewis
Who, may you ask, is Ayn Rand? In short, a Russian Emigre in the US who embraced the American philosophy of free enterprise, free markets and self sufficiency. Read morePublished on 10 July 2012 by Robert
Helen Mirren, it goes without saying, is a consummate performer and a model of brilliant characterisation. So did she set out to portray the true Rand, the con artist? Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2011 by A Robert Miller