Director Michael Paxton's comprehensive look at novelist Ayn Rand, the controversial author of The Fountainhead
and Atlas Shrugged,
makes no secret of its admiration for the architect of the self-affirming philosophy of "Objectivism." In fact, his
suppression of the less attractive aspects of Rand's personality and beliefs, and his unwillingness to include dissenting voices, moves his film closer to hagiography than simple biography, and makes for some mighty dull viewing. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1905, Rand witnessed firsthand
the rise of Soviet state at the expense of the individual. The experience fueled both her lifelong crusade against ...