Stephen Speicher

Ayn Rand in Hollywood: Images and Documents, 1926 to 1951

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Ayn Rand in Hollywood:

Images and Documents, 1926 to 1951

What: An exhibit documenting Ayn Rand's personal and creative life in Hollywood, featuring select images from Ayn Rand, an illustrated biography by Jeff Britting, as well as other reproductions from the Ayn Rand Archives.

Presented by: the Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library

Where: 1623 N. Ivar Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028; Phone: (323) 856-8260

When: October 14, 2006, through February 28, 2007. Mondays through Thursdays, from 10am to 8pm; Fridays and Saturdays, from 10am to 6pm; Sundays, from 1pm to 5pm

For more information about this event, please e-mail events@aynrand.org.

Description: The exhibit documents Rand's personal and professional activities in Hollywood, from 1926 to 1951, in a series of reproductions of rare photographs and manuscripts drawn from the Ayn Rand Archives, a special collection of the Ayn Rand Institute. On display are items chronicling Rand's early years as a film extra and junior screenwriter under Cecil B. DeMille, her 1940s Hollywood political activism and her work on the film adaptation of "The Fountainhead," as well as the drafting of her final novel and literary masterpiece, "Atlas Shrugged."

The exhibit presents a unique writer, whose evolution in Hollywood--from film extra to contract screenwriter--is virtually the only documented instance of a novelist-philosopher who was able to navigate the Hollywood studio system and present, with surprising success, the gist of a new systematic approach to reason and morality, a philosophy that would mark her as one of the most controversial intellectual figures of the 20th century.

Additional programming exploring Rand's creative-intellectual work and political activism during the Golden Age of Hollywood studio filmmaking will include "Stand and Think," a reading series featuring Rand's unpublished works, an "Ayn Rand Film Series" and a lecture on the history of adapting "The Fountainhead" to film.

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Here are more details about the special presentations, along with the schedule .

Stand and Think: Readings from the Unpublished Ayn Rand

Life in Los Angeles

Saturday, October 21, 2006

3:00 pm

Hollywood and Communist Propaganda

Saturday, November 18, 2006

3:00 pm

Atlas Shrugged

Saturday, December 9, 2006

3:00 pm

Read by Michael S. Berliner (editor, Letters of Ayn Rand), Jeff Britting (author, Ayn Rand) and others

Ayn Rand Film Series: About and by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life

Saturday, January 13, 2007

7:30 pm

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater

Strand Releasing (1998), Directed by Michael Paxton, (35mm)

Regular Admission $9; Members, Seniors and Students: $6

You Came Along

Saturday, January 20, 2007

3:00 pm

Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library, exhibit space

Paramount Pictures (1945), Directed by Jim Farrow, (VHS)

Screenplay by Ayn Rand and Robert Smith

Love Letters

Saturday, January 27, 2007

3:00 pm

Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library, exhibit space

Paramount Pictures (1945), Directed by William Dieterle, (VHS)

Screenplay by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead

Saturday, February 3, 2007

3:00 pm

Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library, exhibit space

Warner Bros. (1949), Directed by King Vidor, (DVD)

Screenplay by Ayn Rand

(Library screenings: limited, unreserved seating; admission free; film introductions by Jeff Britting)

Lecture

Jeff Britting, lecturer

Saturday, February 10, 2007

3:00 pm

Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library, exhibit space

A history of Rand’s adaptation of The Fountainhead and the two competing adaptations that would have contradicted her esthetics and philosophy

For further updates this exhibit and its public programming, please visit our exhibit page.

[Administrator's note: There is a marvelous, rather glamourous photo of Miss Rand at the above link. Very apropos for a display relating to Hollywood.]

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