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Sam Elliott & Katharine Ross Introduce Movies at this Texas Festival

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El Paso’s historic Plaza Theatre is home to the world’s largest classic film festival each summer. This August 1-11, some of our favorite film stars will be on hand to introduce their works. Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross will appear with “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” August 2. The two stars will also appear with “The Legacy” at the August 3 matinee screening.

Victoria Riskin, daughter of Fay Wray and screenwriter Robert Riskin, will introduce several films. A restoration of “The Wedding March” at 1 p.m. and “King Kong” at 7 p.m. on August 6; and “You Can’t Take It With You” at 1 p.m. August 7. She will also attend a book signing for her book “Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir,” at 3:30 p.m. August 7.

Kathleen Quinlan appears with “Apollo 13” at 7 p.m. August 9. Quinlan also appears with “Clara’s Heart” at 3:30 pm August 10.

Classic Film Festival Themes

Sam Elliott & Katharine Ross Introduce Movies at this Texas Festival
Photo: Plaza Classic Film Festival

Program Director Doug Pullen said, “We are doing a one-year anniversary screening of Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ with El Paso author Ron Stallworth. He wrote the book upon which the film is based. Also producer Shaun Redick (instrumental in getting it to Jordan Peele, who brought in Lee) and possibly two or three of the screenwriters; they shared the Oscar for best-adapted screenplay. Also possibly one of the stars.”

One Giant Leap — Take a look at space exploration in fact and fiction, before and after the Apollo 11 landing on July 20, 1969. Movies include Georges Melies’ surreal silent fantasy from 1902, “A Trip to the Moon,” the 1956 sci-fi flick “Forbidden Planet,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Right Stuff,” “Apollo 13,” “Moon,” “Solaris” (Russian version); and the documentaries “Apollo 11” (2019) and “For All Mankind” (1989). They also have a Bond movie, “You Only Live Twice,” in which US and USSR space capsules are plucked out of orbit by SPECTRE to try to incite a war between the two countries.

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