Atlantic City

1980, U.S./Canada, 104m, 35mm

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Screened March 27, 2023

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French émigré Louis Malle invited playwright John Guare to collaborate. A shared interest in Atlantic City, New Jersey, with the promise of its big new hotels and casinos clashing with its seedy underbelly, resulted in this enduring gem that earned five Academy Award nominations (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay). Susan Sarandon is radiant as a small-time dreamer, and Burt Lancaster has one of his great late-career roles as a past-his-prime gangster with a deep nostalgia for his younger days. (“The Atlantic Ocean was something then…”)

A film by Louis Malle

The special flavor comes from John Guare’s screenplay, full of ingenuity without ever abandoning realism… It’s a light, whimsical film, fond of its dreamers, and just a touch generous to them all.”

David Thomson, from 'Have You Seen…?'

Louis Malle directed, but this beautifully filigreed, sensitive, and funny fable belongs to screenwriter John Guare.”

Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader