DIRECTOR: ELIA KAZAN
CAST: KIRK DOUGLAS, FAYE DUNAWAY, DEBORAH KERR, RICHARD BOONE
Presented by Glenn Kenny
"Plastic people! Oh baby now you’re such a drag!" So bellowed The Mothers of Invention in 1967. That same year Elia Kazan issued a not dissimilar cri de coeur in his doorstop-size novel The Arrangement, which he adapted into a film two years later. In Kazan’s complaint, Kirk Douglas’ compulsively adulterous ad exec mounts his own rebellion against a values system that has made him affluent but empty. Is this a frantic, truculent indulgence? A film maudit of monumental proportions? Kazan’s own Skidoo? You have to see this rarely-screened curio to find out.
Program notes by Glenn Kenny. Print courtesy of Lowell Peterson, ASC.