Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal in The Fountainhead (Warner Bros. Pictures)
"Artists Behaving Badly" Film Series:
Saturday, November 23, 2013
The Fountainhead (1949, 114 min.), King Vidor’s fever-dream adaptation of Ayn Rand’s pot-boiling bestseller, finds Gary Cooper as a Frank Lloyd Wright-like architect, subject to the steamy passion of Rand’s self-image in Patricia Neal.
Artists tend by nature to be transgressive, in the life as well as the work. While the Clark usually celebrates the boldness of the artist’s work, this film series takes an ironical look at examples of bad behavior provided by the artist’s life—be it forgery or fornication; drugs or drink; mayhem, madness, or even murder.