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Is Mel Brooks an objectivist?

I found something interesting in The Fountainhead that didn't really fit into my review so I'll share it in this post.

The protagonist Howard Roark is asked to design homes for a summer resort called Monadnock Valley. Unbeknown to Roark, the proprietors sold 200% of the shares to investors. They expected to get away with it because they thought it  would be a complete flop. They hired Howard Roark because they thought he was a crackpot who would help ensure failure.

The project turned out to be a huge success, the proprietors were busted, and pandemonium (though not hilarity...this is after all, an Ayn Rand novel) ensued.

I didn't even have to stop and think about why this story sounded familiar. Substitute Broadway play for summer resort, and you've got the plot for The Producers! I would love to know if Mel Brooks has read The Fountainhead.

I've embedded an amusing music video I found a while back that's based on the film version of The Fountainhead. It doesn't have anything to do with Mel Brooks. I just thought I'd include it as long as I'm dealing with Fountainhead miscellany.


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