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The twice Oscar-nominated actor will be on hand for screenings of Nebraska and Coming Home.

Down in the West Texas town that Marty Robbins celebrated in song, Bruce Dern — the prodigiously talented character actor many C&I readers will always remember (and maybe someday forgive) for playing the back-shooting varmint who sent John Wayne to Boot Hill in The Cowboys — will be a guest of honor next month at the 11th annual El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival.

Dern — who, by the way, actually got along very well with The Duke while filming the aforementioned 1970 classic western — will appear for on-stage interviews at El Paso festival screenings of two films that netted him richly deserved Academy Award nominations: Nebraska (7 pm Aug. 10) and Coming Home (3:30 pm Aug. 11). He also will sign autographs from 11 am to 1 pm Aug. 11 in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon Street. Admission is free, but there will be a charge for autographs.

Billed as the world’s largest classic film festival, the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival will screen more than 90 acclaimed and revered movies in and around the city’s Plaza Theatre during the 2018 edition slated for Aug. 2-12.

Among the other offerings of special interest to C&I readers: Robert Parrish’s The Wonderful Country (Aug. 5), the cult-fave 1959 western starring Robert Mitchum; Delmer Daves’ Cowboy (Aug. 7), starring Jack Lemmon and Glenn Ford; Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Aug. 8), starring James Coburn and Kris Kristofferson; Walter Hill’s Extreme Prejudice (Aug. 11), filmed on location in El Paso, starring Nick Nolte as a modern-day Texas Ranger on the trail of an old friend turned drug kingpin (Powers Boothe); and a 50th anniversary presentation of Ted Post’s Hang ‘em High (Aug. 11), starring Clint Eastwood, Pat Hingle, Inger Stevens — and Bruce Dern.

Joining Dern as a special guest at PCFF 2018: Ali MacGraw, who will appear with Love Story at 7 pm. Aug. 3 and Sam Peckinpah’s filmed-in-El Paso The Getaway at 3:30 pm Aug. 4. She will sign autographs from 1-2:30 pm. Aug. 4 in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room.

Addition information about the 2018 El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival can be obtained at the festival’s website.

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