Four-Star Films : 'The Pawnbroker'

Sidney Lumet's 1965 film from the Edward Lewis Wallant novel--about a Jewish pawnbroker (Rod Steiger, never better) in Harlem who's sealed himself off from life to protect himself from his nightmarish death-camp memories--has a little too much imitation-Resnais flashback pyrotechnics. But when the film stays simple, and concentrates on the actors--as in Juano Hernandez's withering bit as the old man who wants to talk--it's almost great (Bravo Friday at 1 p.m.).

Other four-star films airing this week:

Vertigo / USA, Sunday, 3:30 p.m.

The Lavender Hill Mob / KCET, Thursday, 1 p.m.

Patton / Showtime, Thursday, 1 p.m.

Love Me Tonight / AMC, early Friday, 4 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Best Years of Our Lives / AMC, Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 8:45 p.m.

My Darling Clementine / AMC, Saturday, 4:15 p.m.

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