Architects & Movies: “I wish I had never seen your skyscraper!”


The truth is that there are very few professions that still reflect passion, inspiration and creativity…and architecture is one of them.

“The Fountainhead”, the famous film based on Ayn Rand’s amazing book, is probably the most representative. Gary Cooper is an idealist architect, who remains completely loyal to his beliefs. Although his vision about architecture and modern skyscrapers is rejected, ”The Fountainhead” proves that, at the end, …always the architect gets the girl!


Good old Hollywood! The best moment of course, is Patricia Neal’s quote when she realizes her love for the architect: “I wish I had never seen your skyscraper!”


«Υπάρχουν πολύ λίγα επαγγέλματα που εξακολουθούν να ακτινοβολούν έμπνευση, πάθος, δημιουργία και αφοσίωση, και η αρχιτεκτονική είναι ένα από αυτά» αναφέρει ο ιστορικός κινηματογράφου Robert Osborne.


H ταινία-σταθμός “The Fountainhead”, βασισμένη στο εκπληκτικό βιβλίο της Ayn Rand, αποτελεί πιθανότατα την  πιο αντιπροσωπευτική του είδους. Ο Gary Cooper υποδύεται τον ιδεαλιστή αρχιτέκτονα, που οραματίζεται τη μοντέρνα αρχιτεκτονική και αρνείται πεισματικά να σχεδιάσει ουρανοξύστες με κίονες και αγάλματα.


Ακόμα και όταν μοιάζει να καταστρέφεται η καριέρα του, η αφοσίωσή του παραμένει ακλόνητη. Παλιό, καλό, κλασικό Χόλυγουντ, όπου πάντα στο τέλος ο αρχιτέκτονας «κερδίζει» το κορίτσι! Άλλωστε, η γοητεία της δουλειάς ενός αρχιτέκτονα είναι αναπόσπαστη με τη γοητεία του ίδιου..


Αγαπημένη στιγμή ασφαλώς είναι η ατάκα της Patricia Neal, τη στιγμή που καταλαβαίνει πόσο ερωτευμένη είναι με τον αρχιτέκτονα, και ότι δεν θα μπορεί να τον έχει ποτέ δικό της: «Μακάρι να μην είχα δει ποτέ τον ουρανοξύστη σου…». Τι άλλο να προσθέσει κανείς σε ένα τέτοιο σχόλιο…;

Click here  and here to see Howard Roark’s quotes form the movie “The Fountainhead”

[photos: Architales on Pinterest]


10 thoughts on “Architects & Movies: “I wish I had never seen your skyscraper!”

  1. I suspect the director, King Vidor, either had a script doctor try to improve on the book, or else tried to fix the script himself and failed (Rand is credited, but her writing was never that great) — the book itself was heavy handed and overly melodramatic, and the script is just silly in places. And I say this as a writer and the daughter of an architect. Then again, it’s not like Vidor was Scorsese or John Huston, either. Too bad the rest of Rand’s ‘virtue of selfishness’ philosophy was so screwed up. And of course, the architect doesn’t always win, not even if (s)he’s a genius. It doesn’t pay to be arrogant with clients; the great Louis Sullivan knew that only too well, having gone into poverty for his art for 20 years and died alone, separated from his wife and buried without a headstone. His architectural disciples had to erect one for him at Graceland Cemetery inChicago . And he was the one who was mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright – ! So no, fiction in this case is purely fiction …

    • Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. My opinion is a little different… Louis Sullivan had a significant influence on the majority of architects and, in that sense, he is a real winner in the history of the worldwide architecture. Many great artists around the world sacrificed their family life or their luxurious life to be dedicated to their art. But…as I wrote above in my blog…this is classic Hollywood!

  2. thanku for visiting my blog and liking it. I love Any Rand and the novel ‘fountainhead’ was like the book which i read while doing my graduation in architecture. I haven’t seen the movie though. The book ‘Atlas Shrugged’ characters also are emphatic too. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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