Howard Roark, independent architect, is determined to do it his way or not. To make ends meet during lean times he gets a day job at a rock quarry. There he meats his match and bets literally wiped by the boss's daughter Dominique Francon (Patricia Neal.) they both seem to know more of the world than most people do. She works for a newspaper and to punisher self for falling in love with Howard marries her boss Gail Wynand (Raymond Massy.) This does not denture Howard form building Gail and Dominique their dream house. Eventually getting the chance of a lifetime to build low-income housing through another architect, he jumps at the chance as long as it means only doing it the Howard Roark way. Watch the movie to find out what happens and why he is such a stickler for the work of the individual.
You can argue about film versus book until the cows come home. You could say, "Let's make this with Helen Mirren and Mel Gibson." You can even have Turner colonize it. Well folks, it is not going to happen; so do not waste your time wishing, and look at this movie.
This is a pretty faithful summary (as opposed to adaptation). In that, you get the essence of the book with a few saved speeches. All the actors get their point over to you: this includes Gary Cooper as Howard Roark (he purposely looks stoic and amused) and Patricia Neal as Dominique (looking frustrated and aloof.)
The scenes, black and white with exaggerated camera angles, portray the story very well. The Frank Lloyd Wright architecture adds to the time period. The tone of the movie gives the impression that this was copied from a stage play where one person at a time talks and no one overlaps until the first person is finished.
All in all, the entire movie is worth the viewing. And reviewing for the details.