Atlas Shrugged: Part I
Produced by The Strike Productions
Directed by Paul Johansson
Screenplay by John Aglialoro and Brian Patrick O’Toole from Ayn Rand’s novel
Distributed by Rocky Mountain Pictures
Now we know: When it comes to celebrating the virtues of unbridled capitalism, it does not pay to skimp. The ten million dollars producer John Aglialoro spent on adapting Atlas Shrugged to the screen has proved woefully insufficient.
Come to think of it, Aglialoro’s option to film Rand’s 1,200-page novel would certainly have qualified as a troubled asset. Perhaps he was too much of a Randian to apply for TARP money, judging it an instance of massive federal intervention. Such thinking wouldn’t have deterred former Goldman Sachs honcho and current TARP czar Hank Paulson from going to bat for him, however. Nor would Ayn Rand acolyte Alan Greenspan have hesitated. The former chairman of the Federal Reserve came to his mentor’s aid in 1957 when her novel was criticized. Some scurrilous critic had charged that her “book was written out of hate,” merely because it scorned the little people for thwarting the noble intentions of the capitalist big dogs. Greenspan wrote to the New York Times to say that
“Atlas Shrugged” is a celebration...