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Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life SYNOPSIS

Ayn Rand was born in 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Defying the death warrant of the Soviet Union, she came to America as a temporary visitor in 1926 but remained for the rest of her life. Later, she would also defy the cultural and political views of contemporary America in such best-selling novels as THE FOUNTAINHEAD and ATLAS SHRUGGED. Her unique philosophy, Objectivism, challenged the cultural tradition of 2,500 years . . .

AWARDS Accolades & Nominations

Golden Satellite Award
January 19, 1999:  "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life" won a Golden Satellite Award for Best Documentary Film. The award was given by the International Press Academy at the…
Nominated for Oscar®
At the 70th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life" was honored with an Oscar nomination in the category of Best Documentary Feature.
The Washington Post
“In a loving—but not fawning—documentary look at this fascinating figure of 20th-century intellectual life, director Michael Paxton has created an exhaustive and definitive history of a challenging subject.”
Dave Jewett, The Columbian
“The film, narrated by Sharon Gless, is an expertly assembled collection of news films, interviews with various people and television clips showing Rand being interviewed by people such…
Pat Kramer, Box Office Magazine
“...Paxton makes "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life" a testament to the woman. In explaining the person behind the great novels, the film conveys her sense of life…
The Toronto Star
“...In this absorbing and rich documentary which deservedly won an Oscar Nomination, Rand’s life is not merely explored but decoded.”
Hollywood Reporter
"Details a fascinating life with skill and intelligence....an admirable job of humanizing a previously forbidding subject."
New York Post
"Engrossing... A Hymn to an Original Thinker"