New Movies: The Crack-up

The Arrangement is the ironic title of Elia Kazan's novel of life at the top. Superficially, Eddie Anderson has neatly compartmentalized his California career: the nagging wife in the giant house, the piquant mistress in the tidy pad. The big advertising job for loot, the little magazine articles for integrity. But below the skin everything is in disarray: the marriage is passionless and the mistress has a talent for gelding. Eddie's work—and ultimately his whole life —is a monumental counterfeit. Hence Eddie's lengthy crack-up and his flight back East to redemption.

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