Directed by: Robert Anderson, John Little
Starring: Ayn Rand, Phil Donahue, Mike Wallace
I’ve never read any of Ayn Rand’s books because, well, I’ve never been interested. What DOES interest me is the strange cult of personality she’s been cultivating in recent years despite being dead (she is dead, right?). So what the hell, I’ll watch a documentary about her. I’ll watch a documentary about anything, man.
The movie is spliced together from several interviews of Rand, going from her talking about her childhood to her relationships to vaguely skimming over her philosophies.
The entire film is basically one long droning one-sided conversation and it’s so hard to watch that about halfway through the words that she’s saying just all run into each other. This movie is the easiest thing to tune out in the world. I guess it seemed like an interesting idea, to do a doc on someone entirely in their own words… turns out it’s boring as shit. Also I didn’t learn anything new about her philosophies that I hadn’t already gleaned from cultural osmosis. It’s a bad documentary.