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P J O’Rourke reviews Atlas Shrugged, the movie, Part 1:

I will not pan “Atlas Shrugged.” I don’t have the guts.  If you associate with Randians—and I do—saying anything critical about Ayn Rand is almost as scary as saying anything critical toAyn Rand.  What’s more, given how protective Randians are of Rand, I’m not sure she’s dead.

Then there is the audacity of bringing “Atlas Shrugged” to the screen at all. Rand devotees, starting with Rand herself, have been attempting it for 40 years…  trying to make a movie of “Atlas Shrugged” is like trying to make a movie of “The Wealth of Nations.” But Adam Smith had the good sense to leave us with no plot, characters or melodramatic clashes of will so that we wouldn’t be tempted to try.

posted on 07 April 2011 by skirchner in Rand

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Atlas Shrugged Movie Trailer

Atlas Shrugged Part 1 (I’m guessing they weren’t brave enough to run with the tag line ‘Non-Contradiction’). I agree with what Tyler has to say. It needs a deco rendering. For a novel that has the cinematography and direction more or less written into it, there’s not much excuse.

posted on 13 February 2011 by skirchner in Rand

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Atlas Shrugged in Pre-Production from June 11

According to Deadline New York:

Atlas Shrugged will be directed by Stephen Polk, an actor/producer whose father, Louis Polk, was once MGM chairman. He considers Atlas Shrugged to be his feature directing debut, though Polk acknowledges he stepped in and helmed the 2008 indie Baggage. Aglialoro was unavailable to speak directly, but sent a missive indicating that he’s courting actresses like Theron and Maggie Gyllenhaal to play Taggart. Sources in the camps of both actresses were aware of the project, but neither is planning to go to work on Atlas Shrugged next month.

Charles Murrary reviews the two recent Rand bios (my review can be found here). Brooks and Barone expound on themes that would have been all too familiar to Rand.

posted on 03 June 2010 by skirchner in Rand

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Did Ayn Rand Have Asperger’s Syndrome?

I pose the question in a review of two recently published biographies of Ayn Rand, forthcoming in the Autumn issue of Policy.

posted on 20 March 2010 by skirchner in Rand

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Life Imitates Art: Atlas Shrugged Edition

Stephen Moore argues ‘the current economic strategy is right out of “Atlas Shrugged”’…

“We don’t need to make a movie out of the book,” Mr. [David] Kelley jokes. “We are living it right now.” 


posted on 10 January 2009 by skirchner in Economics, Rand

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