Cinema: Boardwalk

ATLANTIC CITY

Directed by Louis Malle

Screenplay by John Guare

The highest pleasure Atlantic City has to offer is a little essay on fastidiousness by Burt Lancaster. That is not a quality one automatically associates with a star who was once the most macho of leading men. But in the past decade, working with such daring directors as Bertolucci, Altman and Visconti and on such underrated genre pieces as Ulzana 's Raid and Go Tell the Spartans, Lancaster has become a resourceful and wide-ranging character actor. Here he is playing Lou, a small-time crook...

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