Helen Mirren's performance
I agree with Wayne Tolmachoff's review, published here, and with director
Christopher Menaul's statement that Ayn Rand probably would have been
horrified by the intimate nature of Barbara Branden's fascinating
of this highly individual and talented novelist/philosopher. I enjoyed and
suffered along with Peter Fonda as Rand's pleasant but invisible husband
Frank O'Connor and thought that the entire cast was commendable.
Unfortunately, the captivating and powerful
performance delivered by Helen Mirren in the title role hasn't been
mentioned. Critic Geoffrey
Gilmore wrote "...it's impossible to conceive of another actress playing
Rand" and indeed, who but Mirren is capable of conveying Ayn Rand's
intensity and penetrating intelligence, not to mention heavy Russian
Helen Mirren shows, through the subtlest of gestures and expressions,
extreme emotional repression and tyrannical control of the people around
her. At the same time, Mirren's performance hints at the vulnerability,
isolation and loneliness that Rand must have experienced as she destroyed
abandoned one important personal relationship after another. Whether you
love Ayn Rand or hate her, this film makes a powerful impression..
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one of the best movies in recent years.
I want to believe...
This film depicts what I suspect Ayn Rand was really like in her personal
life: bitter, angry, lacking in self-confidence and intensely concerned
what people thought of her. This, of course, totally goes against what her
philosophy and novels purport: objectivism.
But, since that philosophy is so anti-people, it is easy to understand why
not even the person who formulated this outlandish theory -- nor her most
ardent follower, Nathanial -- would be able to live up to
Near the end, Nathanial's wife, Barbara, contradicts Ayn by saying
something like, "compassion: it's what humans do" to Ms. Rand. This, for
me, neatly sums up what Ayn Rand's life was about: the antithesis of
Though the film itself is nothing spectacular in its acting, script, effects
or direction, the message it puts forward is important. The message is
that if a philosophy so much goes against what people feel to be correct (as
objectivism does), it is quite probably unworkable and undesirable. To me,
that was the most important theme in "The Passion of Ayn
My rating: 6.