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The Fountainhead - High Camp

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I just watched this movie for the umpteenth time and continue to be impressed with it's Camp style. I heard that they originally wanted to use Greta Garbo for the part of Dominique Francon. That would have been glorious. The Queen of Camp in this classic.

 

As a consolation, the steamy off screen affair between Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal gave the movie plenty of oomph to go along with the film's highly stylized characters.

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Sorry, can't agree with anything you said here. The Fountainhead isn't camp - high or low. It's an ambitious attempt to translate an ambitious novel by Ayn Rand into something of a social critique about the rugged individualism of one man and his obsessive relationship with a compulsively neurotic woman - played to perfection by Patricia Neal.

 

As with a lot of movies of this vintage, we get some psychological underpinings a la the great Freud, but in general the film struggles to visually conceptualize ideas which are best left as pure thought in the head of most reading the novel from whence the screenplay came. In the end, The Fountainhead plays more like fractured melodrama but it's still A-list quality with Coop' and Neal struggling with personal lives and private emotions brought painfully close to the surface sheen of the silver screen. Camp, indeed!

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THE FOUNTAINHEAD is, without a doubt, hands down, the FUNNIEST film from 1949. The studio gave a pretentious author more than enough rope, and sure enough, she hoisted herself high! I love this film. It would make a great Patricia Neal 1949 comedy double feature with IT'S A GREAT FEELING!

 

Max

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