The Fountainhead at the ”ARCHICINE”

Click on the words for further information and listen to the music.


Today I went to a rather unusual event. My friend Lisa is now studying architecture in Paris. I thought that visiting her would be a good opportunity for me to go back to Paris (I am now studying Film in London). I looked out for some stuff to do and a very good friend told me about an event that combined architecture with film. I thought: this sounds really nice for both of us (once more my assumption that Paris is the city where you can just do everything, had been confirmed).


So we went to the ”Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine“ next to the Eiffel Tower. They have a new program called ”Archiciné’ . Every first Tuesday of the month there will be a presentation of a movie in association with architecture. The movie is followed by a discussion, which is lead by a famous architect, and focuses on the movie itself and the presented architectural design. There is also a question and answer session, which engages the public. And guess what: The entire presentation is for free as long as you don’t come too late.


‘Today’s movie was ”The Fountainhead’‘, explained by French architect Alain Sarfati.

“The Fountainhead” is a 1949 American film directed by King Vidor, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Ayn Rand, who also wrote the script for the film adaptation.

It is about an individualistic architect (Gary Cooper) who prefers to strive in obscurity rather than negotiate his artistic and intimate vision, following his battle to practice what the public sees as modern architecture, which he believes to be superior, despite a society focused on tradition-worship…..

The movie is a romantic yet rather impossible love story, which contains a moral lesson. A real soap opera, just how we like the movies from those days.

The film stars

Gary Cooper as Roark,

Patricia Neal as Dominique Francon,

Raymond Massey as Gail Wynand,

Robert Douglas as Ellsworth Toohey and

Kent Smith as Peter Keating.

The film’s score was composed by Max Steiner

If you have the chance to be in Paris for the next fiew month, go to the ”cité de l’architecture”. the following films are :

5th November : Somewhere, Someone ( architecte : Françoise-Helène Jourda)

3rd December : The Towering Inferno (architecte :  Jacques Ferrier)

7th January, 4th february, 4th mars, 1st april and 6th march

About maxicult

Enjoying student Life (Journalism, Social Media) in Paris, passions; cinema ,culture,music, literature, Globetrotting. Retronaut, Positive thinker
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