Cinema: Diversionary Tactic

THE VISITORS

Directed by ELIA KAZAN Screenplay by CHRIS KAZAN

These have not been good times for Elia Kazan. He has not had a critical or popular success in films or the theater for years. His second novel, The Arrangement, was a huge bestseller, but the movie he made of it was a costly debacle. More recently, books about the blacklist, like Eric Bentley's Thirty Years of Treason, have revived the memory of Kazan's cooperation with congressional Communist-hunters in the early '50s. One looks to his work for reflections of these crises but finds only camouflage and confusion. The Arrangement, apparently intended as...

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