AYN RAND: A SENSE OF LIFE
NEW COLLECTOR'S EDITION AVAILABLE


Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life
A Strand Releasing Director’s Vision Series Home Video Release

2-DVD SET/Hi-fi, Disc 1 - 143 minutes, Disc 2 - 118 minutes
COLOR/B&W, DVD, $34.99

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life can be ordered through any video store, or you can order it on-line by visiting:
Amazon.com
The Ayn Rand Bookstore



Get your copy of the new DVD personally autographed by
Director Michael Paxton here (limited quantities available):
Strand Releasing—Now just $34.99

 

The Academy Award nominated documentary — the first authorized film look at the life and work of the controversial Russian-born author Ayn Rand — is now available for the first time on a Collector’s Edition, 2-Disc set.  The writer of such renowned novels as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged is the subject of Michael Paxton’s first feature film.  A flux of events, ideas, emotions and accomplishments combine to make Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life a portrait of one woman’s genius and point of view. Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actress Sharon Gless, the 2-disc set offers millions of fans the opportunity to relive the drama of Ayn Rand’s life and fiction: from her early childhood and escape from Soviet Russia to her struggle and triumph as an American writer whose book sales exceed 500,000 copies annually after five decades in print. Drawing from personal papers and public archives across two continents, the film combines fact, literary fiction and an intimate weave of interviews with intellectual heir Leonard Peikoff, television journalist Mike Wallace, and others as well as rare photos, film footage and an original film-noir scene from her 1934 play, Ideal.  The material captures Rand’s life-long themes of reason, rational selfishness and political freedom.  Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life, sweeping from pre-Revolutionary Russia to contemporary America, tells the story of a “ferocious angel,” a woman, and thinker who continues to incite the curiosity and passion of millions.

 

 
SPECIAL 2-DISC SET INCLUDES:

 


Disc 1

Disc 2


DISC 1
WIDESCREEN EDITION
of AYN RAND: A SENSE OF LIFE
with Interactive Menus


DISC 2
BONUS MATERIALS
  • PHOTO GALLERY of some never-before-seen photos and documents:
    • Photos of Ayn Rand & Frank O’Connor
    • Personal notes from Ayn Rand and Frank O’Connor
    • TO LORNE DIETERLING - stills of the deleted dance sequence from the film
    • Stills of Kay Gonda’s “movie roles” from IDEAL
    • Set Stills from the filmed version of Ayn Rand’s play, IDEAL
  • BONUS FOOTAGE of outtakes from the film:
    • Additional Interviews with Leonard Peikoff, Cynthia Peikoff and Harry Binswanger
    • Episode of FILMMAKERS - an interview with Director Michael Paxton on the making of AYN RAND: A SENSE OF LIFE
    • The complete filmed version of an adaptation of scenes from Ayn Rand’s play, IDEAL
  • CAST & CREW BIOS
  • WEBSITE INFORMATION & READING LIST

An excerpt from the first review for the new Collector’s Edition of Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life Director’s Vision, 2-Disc Set:

“….The new double-disc edition from Strand is nothing less than a cause for celebration. A throwback to the days when feature documentaries were polished, thoughtful and professional affairs, Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life provides a probing, informative and deeply intimate glimpse of the controversial novelist and philosopher, a champion of reason and the free market, whose ideas…continue to stir debate even to this day. From her childhood in Soviet Russia to her early work as a Hollywood screenwriter and eventual triumph as author of such books as The Fountainhead, Anthem and Atlas Shrugged, Paxton's film magnificently sidesteps agenda to separate the woman from the myth. It's a sympathetic but honest portrait of a figure about whom most people are anything but honest.

The DVD features a beautiful new transfer of the film on disc one and a wealth of new supplements on disc two, including rare stills, additional interviews, an interview with Paxton as featured in an episode of Filmmakers and a complete filmed version of Rand's little-known 1934 play, Ideal. This last extra is the one that fans of Rand's work will find most intriguing. Adapted and directed by Paxton with the original intent to integrate it into the documentary, this beautiful, black-and-white film is something of a mini-masterpiece, a stylish, poetic work that beautifully captures the essence of Rand's fiercely romanticized aesthetic. For reasons of time and practicality it never did get integrated into the documentary, which may actually have been a blessing in disguise, for it works so well as a stand-alone piece that both the film and Ideal end up being more effective as complimentary pieces.

Regardless of how one feels about Rand and her political and philosophical ideas, Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life is a must-see documentary, emotionally stirring and intellectually illuminative. Collector Rating: WORTH FULL PRICE.”

-Wade Major, BOX OFFICE MAGAZINE
 

More Reviews for Ayn Rand: A 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.” —

 

The Hollywood Reporter:
“Details a fascinating life...with skill and intelligence...an admirable job of humanizing a previously forbidding subject.” —

Pat Kramer, Box Office Magazine:
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life: provides viewers with an enriching historical perspective of the life and times of Ayn Rand....In this vivid film, writer/director/producer Michael Paxton has studiously assembled a montage of Ayn Rand’s life, loves and work....Despite the fact that Paxton never met the author, his film breathes life into the woman, commonly regarded as one of the most controversial and provocative writers of the century.”

“...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 and establishes Rand as one of the greatest visionaries of her time.”

Dave Jewett, The Columbian, Vancouver:
“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 as Mike Wallace and Phil Donahue....It’s fun settling in to watch a filmed tribute to a woman and her mind.”

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.”
 

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life can be ordered through any video store, or you can order it on-line by visiting:
Amazon.com
The Ayn Rand Bookstore

 

Get your copy of the new DVD personally autographed by
Director Michael Paxton here (limited quantities available):
Strand Releasing—Now just $34.99

 

 
WelcomeHome Page | DVD | Book | Soundtrack | Poster | Cast & Crew
  
© Copyright 1997, AG Media Corporation. All Right reserved.
AYN RAND: A SENSE OF LIFE
Narrated by SHARON GLESS Director of Photography ALIK SAKHAROV
Edited by LAUREN SCHAFFER, CHRISTOPHER EARL Music by JEFF BRITTING
Associate Producer JEFF BRITTING Line Producer ELLEN RAPHAEL
Produced, Written & Directed by MICHAEL PAXTON