Summary of Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life

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Ayn Rand was a controversial thinker and writer who was born in Russia and later moved to America. She is best known for her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, which explore the concept of individualism and morality. Rand's philosophy, Objectivism, is based on the idea that reality exists as an objective absolute and that man's mind is his means of perceiving it.

  • 00:00:00 Ayn Rand's philosophy is based on the concept that reality exists as an objective absolute and that man's mind is his means of perceiving it. She also created a new code of morality which has so far been believed to be impossible. Rand's primary focus was on morality, which could be proved by means of logic and be demonstrated to be true and necessary. Rand was born in Russia, during a time of revolution and oppression, and she chose to leave in order to survive. Rand's philosophy, Objectivism, is still relatively unknown in America, but if it ever took hold, it would revolutionize our lives.
  • 00:05:00 Ayn Rand was born in Russia, and escaped to America when she was young. She became one of the most controversial thinkers of the 20th century, her philosophy gaining a worldwide audience. Her novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, have sold over 200,000 copies each. The Library of Congress has named Atlas Shrugged the second most influential book for Americans, following the Bible. Rand's father was a self-made man, and her mother was a committed intellectual who attended French theater and held salons at home. Rand's sisters were more like her than she was like them, and she longed to be an adult. As a teenager, Rand was fascinated by the music of Tiddlywink, which she later referred to as "tiddlywink music." This light-hearted, joyous music transported her to a world of light and air, a world she could only imagine. Rand's mother subscribed to a French boys magazine, which introduced her to the story of English officers being attacked by tigers in India and being carried off into the jungle. This is the first concept of a hero that Rand ever had, and it fascinated her.
  • 00:10:00 Ayn Rand was born in 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia. She became interested in politics during the Russian Revolution of 1917 and began writing stories that explored the heroism and purposefulness of the male character. Rand became a atheist in 1931 and later wrote novels, essays, and screenplays that reflected this perspective. In 1985, Rand was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 00:15:00 At age 19 or 20, Ayn Rand attended the University of Leningrad, where she took a course on ancient philosophy from a distinguished expert in the field of ancient philosophy. When it came time for her to take her final exam, Professor Losky asked her questions almost exclusively about Plato, and none about Aristotle. Rand was shocked and appalled by this, and she eventually developed her own philosophy based on the idea that man is the only creator of value and that there is only one reality.
  • 00:20:00 Ayn Rand was born in 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia and despised Plato even then. She told her professor that her views would become part of the history of philosophy, and he implied that she was not serious about her career. Rand became interested in philosophy after reading Plato and Aristotle, and she became more independent and did not care about what others thought of her. She eventually graduated from college and entered the Cinema Institute in 1924. There, she studied acting and became fascinated with the world of movies. Rand's love of movies inspired her to write stories about her favorite German directors, Fritz Lang and Cecil B. Demille.
  • 00:25:00 Ayn Rand arrived in the U.S. in 1926, just in time to see the Statue of Liberty and the new York skyline. She was disappointed to find out that her ship had already landed, and that she would not be able to see them. She was also disappointed to find out that America was just a big cemetery to her. Rand eventually made her way to Chicago and stayed with a relative. In February 1926, Rand's boat arrived in New York Harbor. Rand was overjoyed to finally be in America, but was crushed to find out that her ship had already landed.
  • 00:30:00 Ayn Rand arrived in Hollywood in 1926, hoping to become a screenwriter. She was hired by Demille Studios as an extra, and soon became a regular on the set. Rand was impressed by Demille's directing skills, and he eventually offered her a job as a screenwriter. Rand spent the next several years working as a screenwriter for Demille, and later wrote screenplays for other studios. Rand's screenwriting skills improved as she learned to write for silent films, and she eventually became a successful screenwriter.
  • 00:35:00 Ayn Rand's life was a focal point for her family in Russia, as they would receive letters from her and the whole family would come over to Ayn Rand's aunts and uncles' houses to read her letters. Ayn Rand and her sister Nora shared a great interest in movies, and when Ayn Rand told her father about meeting Cecil B. DeMille, it must have been an earthquake for her family. Frank O'Connor was born in 1897 in Lorraine, Ohio, and one of seven children. After his mother's early death, Frank worked his way to Hollywood, where he eventually got his first movie job on the film "Orphans of the Storm". After working on a few other movies, Frank got his big break on the movie "King of Kings" as the assistant director. Although he was quiet and kept to himself on set, he and Ayn Rand eventually met and started talking. Frank later commented to his brother Nick that he met a "very interesting and funny Russian" on the set of "King of Kings". Ayn Rand eventually gave Demille four scenarios she'd written, but the woman in charge of Demille's scenario department did not like them and gave them a very bad report. However, fate eventually
  • 00:40:00 This video discusses the life and work of Ayn Rand, describing her philosophy of love and how it differs from the traditional view of love. Rand wrote that love is a selfish emotion, and that it is a choice to value someone based on their character and values. She regarded career as the top value because she felt if you try to base a life exclusively on your relation to another person, however wonderful or in love, it will ultimately end in relationship of dependence. However, if someone offers love of that kind, it is not considered love, and everyone would regard it as an insult.
  • 00:45:00 Ayn Rand wrote two scenarios about Russia in her spare time, Red Pawn and treason in 1932. Red Pawn was bought by Universal for the sum of fifteen hundred dollars, and was eventually traded to Paramount as a vehicle for Marlene Dietrich. However, Dietrich didn't want to do another story set in Russia, so von Sternberg directed the film instead.
  • 00:50:00 Ayn Rand's first sale, "Red Pawn," established her as a professional writer. Years later, she sent a copy of the play to film director Cecil B. DeMille and said she was grateful for his attention when she was starting out in Hollywood. The play, "Penthouse Legend," starred Barbara Bedford as Karen Andre and was a moderately successful show. Ayn Rand was disappointed with how her words had been turned into actors' performances, and she stopped watching the show after its run on Broadway.
  • 00:55:00 Ayn Rand's novel "We the Living" tells the story of a young woman, Kira Argunova, in Soviet Russia during the 1930s who is trying to fight for her own freedom and life. The novel was rejected by many publishers, but was finally published by Macmillan in 1936. However, due to its anti-Soviet theme, it was met with resistance from Hollywood stars and was unsuccessful on Broadway. The play only lasted five performances. After the production, Ayn Rand lost all interest in it and the play was eventually closed.

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Ayn Rand was a controversial philosopher and author who is best known for her novels "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged." In this video, she is interviewed by documentary filmmakers and writers about her work and its impact on culture. Rand argues that Americans have lost hope and are cynical, scared, and corrupt. However, she still believes in their sense of life and is convinced that the young have not yet been corrupted.

  • 01:00:00 This video discusses how Ayn Rand's career as a writer ended when she wrote "We the Living" in 1942, which criticized communism and fascism. Alita Valley, an actress, told Rand that she had helped get the film made without her knowledge, and the film was very successful. However, the government of Italy realized the film was an indictment of communism and fascism and placed it in a vault. It was finally restored and approved by Rand in the 1960s. Rand was not a conservative and thought that today's liberals were worse than conservatives. She believed that the conservatives would be the ones to destroy America if they did not preach capitalism effectively to the people.
  • 01:05:00 Ayn Rand wanted to write a story that would glorify the skyscraper as a symbol of achievement and of life on earth finally, and in Anthem she does just that. The protagonist, a secretary at her previous job, is fascinated by the Hollywood climber and eventually meets him. They fall in love and he helps her realize that she wants to be an artist, not a secretary. Rand's parents had come to the United States in 1926 and Rand had been trying to bring her family over for years. Her family stopped writing to her when the US government started putting up notices warning people that they could endanger their families if they sent letters to Russia. Rand lost her parents in 1937, just as she was starting to finish Anthem.
  • 01:10:00 In 1937, Ayn Rand attempted to get an interview with Frank Lloyd Wright, but was unsuccessful. She eventually read The Fountainhead and was inspired by its philosophy. Ten years later, she wrote him a letter, in which she outlined the themes of the book. The publishers rejected the book twelve times, but Rand refused to change a single word of her manuscript. The book was published in 1941, and Rand faced the same dilemma as her character Howard Roark in a key moment of the novel - a prospective client demanded that he design a classic portico for a modern bank. Rand refused, explaining that an honest building like an honest man must be of one peace and one faith. Bob's Merrill finally published the book, and Ayn Rand became a famous writer.
  • 01:15:00 The author, Ayn Rand, wrote the screenplay for the movie "The Fountainhead" in 1943. Due to World War II rationing, the movie was put on hold, but Rand met producer Hal Wallace and was hired to rewrite the love scenes in a troubled film. Rand adapted two other scripts for Wallace, one of which, "Love Letters," was directed by William Dieterle and earned Jennifer Jones an Oscar nomination. Rand's other script, "You Came Along," starred Bob Cummings and Elizabeth Scott. Rand's contract with Hal Wallace ended after she completed a large portion of the script for "Top Secret." Rand was the only member of the MPA to write signed articles concerning communist propaganda in the movies.
  • 01:20:00 Ayn Rand's 1947 resignation from the board of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) after the publication of her screen guide, "The Rand Screen Guide", led to her appearance at congressional hearings investigating communist infiltration in Hollywood. Rand considered the endeavor a dubious undertaking, but agreed to testify on one film only. She felt that her testimony on life in the Soviet Union could have been more effective had her screen guide been reprinted in more newspapers. Her book "The Fountainhead" continued to rise in sales and popularity, and several stars were now interested in playing parts in the film, including Clark Gable, Alan Ladd, and Veronica Lake. Finally realizing that Stanwyck was out of the running for the part of Dominique, Ayn Rand suggested actress Greta Garbo.
  • 01:25:00 Ayn Rand's novel, "The Fountainhead," was met with controversy when it was first published in 1943 because of its uncompromising principle of individualism. After its release, the film adaptation was met with similar criticism because of its explicit love scenes between protagonist, Roark, and Dominique. Despite these difficulties, the film was eventually completed and went into production. Rand wrote to her old editor Archie Ogden about the beginning of the shooting, and she said "the Fountainhead" went into production on Monday.
  • 01:30:00 Ayn Rand published her novel, "The Fountainhead," in 1941. The novel tells the story of a successful young man, Howard Roark, and his relationship with his wife, architect Eleanor. Rand's first story, "Projecting My Ideal Man," was a success. Rand and Nathaniel Brandon, a psychology student, became friends and eventually had an affair. Brandon's values changed over time, and he eventually broke Rand's trust. Rand bore the break but eventually got over it.
  • 01:35:00 Frank O'Connor was an American painter who achieved acclaim in the 1940s and 1950s. O'Connor was born in New York City in 1905, and spent his early childhood in County Cork, Ireland. After moving to the United States, O'Connor worked as a commercial artist before finding his true calling in painting. He enjoyed watching his wife but never tried to manage her career, choosing to be an independent entity with grace and quiet success. O'Connor was an amazing man for his independent spirit, natural talent, and sense of humor. He was also an artist of great significance, and is known for his depictions of New York City and the American West. O'Connor passed away in 1984.
  • 01:40:00 Ayn Rand wrote the novel Atlas Shrugged, which tells the story of three captains of industry who decide to abandon the world and strike. Rand argued that capitalism demanded the best of every man and rewarded him accordingly, leaving every man free to choose the work he liked and go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and ambition will carry him.
  • 01:45:00 Ayn Rand's lecture series at Fort Hall Forum in the early 1960s was a popular and influential event. Audiences appreciated her direct answers and philosophical insights. However, her lectures were met with hostility from much of the press, which did not appreciate her uncompromising attitude.
  • 01:50:00 Ayn Rand is a philosopher who is best-known for her books, "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged." She was a controversial figure in New York intellectual circles in the 1950s, and her ideas have since become popular in the United States and around the world. Rand's philosophy, known as objectivism, is based on the idea that man should live based on reason and morality, and that he should not force others to do what he believes is in their best interests. She was a very interesting guest and was open to tough questions and direct answers.
  • 01:55:00 Ayn Rand, a philosopher and author, was interviewed by documentary filmmakers and writers. They discussed her work and its impact on the culture. Rand argued that Americans had lost hope and were cynical, scared, and corrupt. She still believed in their sense of life, but was convinced that the young had not yet been corrupted. Rand continued to make television appearances and write novels, eventually achieving her primary goal of moving philosophy forward.

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Ayn Rand was a famous philosopher and author who developed the philosophy of Objectivism. She believed that humans could only achieve happiness and success by adhering to principles that were true and in line with reality. The video looks at her life, her work, and her legacy.

  • 02:00:00 Ayn Rand developed her philosophy, Objectivism, in response to her observations of reality. She believed that the only means of achieving happiness and success was through adherence to principles that were true and corresponded to reality. Rand's writings on morality, epistemology, social philosophy, and aesthetics have had a lasting impact on intellectual discourse.
  • 02:05:00 Ayn Rand's younger sister, Nora, wrote to her after learning of her fame and asking to be reunited. After many years of separation, they finally meet in New York City and have a strained relationship due to Nora's unwillingness to accept the realities of life in America. Rand celebrates her love for America and her appreciation for its ideals.
  • 02:10:00 Ein Rand wrote a book, "Atlas Shrugged," which she hoped would inspire businessmen to rethink their role in society. She also gave speeches on monetary reform and the relationship between philosophy and business. She died a few days after giving the last of these speeches.
  • 02:15:00 Ayn Rand, a famous philosopher and author, spent part of an evening with Iron Man talking about death. Rand said that death is insignificant and unimportant, but that eternity is important. She also said that she believes in reason and individualism, and that her novels reflect these values. Rand died at the age of 82 after a long battle with heart failure.
  • 02:20:00 This video examines the life and work of Ayn Rand. It covers her philosophy, her novels, and her impact on the world.

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