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Ayn Rand & The Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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"Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged" gives a basic overview of Rand's literary carreer and some basic information about her philosophy and moral values and what shaped them. It tends to feel a bit too much like a promotional film at times and get a bit too heavy on contemporary politics, but that's to be expected. Those already familiar with Rand may not learn much from this film but for others it may be a good introduction.
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194 of 212 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even handed look at Rand and Atlas 9 Feb. 2012
By blountinstrument - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This independently produced documentary is the story of Atlas Shrugged, including what led Rand to write it, how it was received by critics (loathed), by readers (loved), how it's remained a bestseller year after year for over half a century now and how - horrors! - the novel's scenario is being played out today in real life. Rand said: 'Identify a society's core philosophy and you can predict its future.' The film early on raises the question: how did she know fifty some years ago what America was going to be like today? And then goes on to examine the change in American thinking that took place over the course of the 20th century that led us to where we are now. Those unfamiliar with Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism might be surprised or not agree with her ideas but there's plenty to think about here. And you don't have to have read the book - or any Rand book - to get a lot out of it. Highly recommended for Atlas fans and those looking to familiarize themselves with Rand's ideas and their relationship to today's headlines.
48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview of Rand's Philosophy and the World of Today 13 Aug. 2012
By Alan Dale Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Ayn Rand predicted the kind of world that would result if her philosophy (Objectivism) was not accepted and adopted by the western world, especially the USA. Her prophetic prose have come to pass, according to this video. Rand predicted a world where crony capitalism would rule the USA while politicians lied to the people about what they were doing... or going to do. She prophesied a world where people who produced anything were subject to rapacious government obligations and taxes while the economy languished in a swallow of high taxes and government restrictions. All this has come to pass, according to Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand's prophecy is now upon us and we are reaping what we have sown. She warned, in the 1960's, what would happen if the USA and the west did not depart from its course of government intrusion upon the productive people... upon the thinkers and producers... upon the free mind. This documentary contends that all this is now a fact and we are suffering mightily because of it.

Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus; the summation of her philosophy of objectivism. This documentary, to be really good, has to sum up that philosophy well. Does it do that? I think the summary of objectivism is well done, but somewhat lacking in the in depth and quality needed to fully explain her philosophy and its outcomes. Ayn Rand was an unrestricted capitalist. Government had to get totally out of the economic system so it can sprint along propelled by the energy of free minds. But she was also an atheist who rejected any idea of God (god) as mystic. She thought that production was the key reason and purpose of humanity. The documentary does not go into Rand's ideas that throughly. We find out she is a capitalist that demanded a minimum of government in people's lives, but we do not discover the depths of her atheism and the resulting "production" as purpose in human life.

Nonetheless, it does explain that Rand did predict the conflict in the west that we face today. Reason vs. Mysticism, in Rand's term (see Philosophy, Who Needs It?). While the documentary fails to mention Kant and his philosophy, in Rand's writings Kant is the major villain who pushed the west into its present predicament. It is the rejection of Kantian philosophy that is necessary for us to move forward. Because we have not rejected that philosophy, and its inherent call on mysticism and irrationally, we have failed to release the full potential of the human mind and thus stifled the one true source of human energy and advancement - the human mind. Rand thought to release the mind one must have freedom, both political and economic. Any restrictions on these freedoms was a restriction on the human mind and thus restricted the basic source of human resourcefulness and power. Because we have chosen to continue and expand the restrictions on these freedoms we will suffer complete obliteration, economic and mental, at the hands of the irrationalist.

Whatever one may think, the west is having some fundamental problems and may not climb out of its self produced epistemological hole. Was she right? This documentary raises and, at least, points to an easily understood conflict in western philosophy. You must be the judge; however, in the opinion of this film Rand was correct and we can now see that her warning went unheeded. We face total annihilation of the western way of thinking because of the rejection of her philosophy and the continued acceptance of Kant.

62 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prophecy Fulfilled 11 April 2012
By Mary Wilbur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you have heard about "Atlas Shrugged" and Ayn Rand but haven't had the time or the patience to read the book, then this documentary is for you. It's a brief and concise account of Ayn Rand's philosophy of objectivism as presented in her novels "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged." It also gives a brief account of Ayn Rand's life, the writing of "Atlas Shrugged," its critical reception (universally panned) and its commercial success. It has not been out of print since it was originally published, and since the financial crisis and recession has sold several hundred thousand copies every year for the simmple reason that much of what she predicted has come true. Unless we pull back from the brink, it is very likely that the full dystopian world of "Atlas Shrugged" will arrive by mid-century.
85 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for anyone who read Atlas Shrugged 6 Feb. 2012
By haroldo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The documentary, at times, felt like an infomercial for the book (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), but that's the only negative. It's a bit of a refresher course on Atlas, it provides great insight into Rand's goal, adds to ones understanding of the book and helps dovetail her prophecy with the world we live in today. If you took the time to read the book (which clearly was a major commitment) another 90 minutes won't be that difficult.
The documentary also walks you through Ayn Rand's life and helps the viewer understand why she wrote the book.
The movie reminded me that I need to go out and find new people who might learn from the book. As I left the theater, I actually considered reading it a third time...thankfully, I quickly came to my senses (LOL!)
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting look at a woman who has had a large (but largely ignored!) impact on American thinking 5 Sept. 2013
By The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
In 1957, author and philosopher Ayn Rand published her book, Atlas Shrugged. At the time (Eisenhower was in the White House, General Motors dominated the worldwide auto industry, and all was right with the world!) it seemed like an unbelievable dystopia. Now, some 56 years later, the book seems less like fiction and more like today's headlines!

This fascinating documentary, which was released in 2011, gives the story of Ayn Rand and her magnum opus. The book tells the story of Ms. Rand's life in Russia, her immigration to the U.S., and her discovery that the same root philosophy that resulted in the horror of communism was already at work, undermining the nation's future. Then, it goes on to tell of her literary life, her triumphs and disappointments (more of the latter than the former), and of the impact her writings have had.

Overall, I found this to be a great documentary. Even if you don't agree with Ms. Rand or her philosophy, it is a very interesting look at a woman who has had a large (but largely ignored!) impact on American thinking. I really enjoyed it, and don't hesitate to recommend it!
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