Directed by Louis Malle and written by John Guare, this 1980 film is a romantic fable and an affectionate satire of American pop culture, past and present. Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon (both pictured) are among those dreamers whose lives converge in the throes of Atlantic City’s renewal, thanks to legalized gambling. “Atlantic City” is a sophisticated fairy tale, beautifully acted and beautiful to behold; it is as funny as it is touching (Lifetime Wednesday at 4 p.m.).
Other four-star films airing this week:
West Side Story, TBS, Sunday, 9:50 a.m.
A Room With a View, Bravo, Sunday, 8 p.m., Monday, 9 a.m.
Jules and Jim, Bravo, Tuesday, 5 p.m., Wednesday, 10 a.m.
Beauty and the Beast (1946) Bravo, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., again at 11:30 p.m.; Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
Witness for the Prosecution, TNT, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Way Out West, AMC, Friday, 3:30 a.m.