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Cinefamily at Silent Movie Theatre celebrates Kris Kristofferson

October 27, 2013|By Susan King
  • Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate" is one of the many films screening during Cinefamily's "Kris Kristofferson: A Cowboy in Hollywood" salute.
Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate" is one of the many… (United Artists )

Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre is paying homage in November to Rhodes scholar, acclaimed singer-songwriter, actor and 1970s heartthrob Kris Kristofferson.

"Kris Kristofferson: A Cowboy in Hollywood" kicks off Friday with an evening of songs, stories, a live chat with the 77-year-old performer and a screening of the first film he starred in, 1972's "Cisco Pike." And there'll be a reunion with "Cisco Pike" co-star Harry Dean Stanton.

This opening event is open only to Cinefamily members. "Cisco Pike" will screen again Nov. 4.

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Kristofferson also will be on hand with guests Saturday night for a screening of his newest film, "The Motel Life," which opens in theaters Nov. 8. The program is free, but you must pre-register for "first come, first served" admission.

Screening late Saturday and Sunday afternoon is Sam Peckinpah's underrated 1973 western "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid," starring Kristofferson as the outlaw Billy and James Coburn as Pat.

Scheduled for Nov. 7 is George Armitage's rarely seen 1976 action flick "Vigilante Force," which, besides Kristofferson, stars Jan-Michael Vincent and Bernadette Peters.

Paul Mazursky's bittersweet 1973 romantic comedy "Blume in Love" is set for Nov. 9. Kristofferson is all charm as an unemployed musician who falls in love with the ex-wife (Susan Anspach) of a divorce attorney (George Segal).

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Martin Scorsese's 1974 comedy-drama "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" screens Nov. 16. Kristoffeson plays a divorced rancher who falls in love with a widowed waitress (Ellen Burstyn, in her Oscar-winning turn) working at a local diner.

Kristofferson joins forces again with Peckinpah for "Convoy," screening Nov. 23. The 1978 action flick was made during the peak of the CB radio craze.

The festival concludes Nov. 30 with the new digital restoration of Michael Cimino's 1980 western epic "Heaven's Gate," which, though a disaster when released, is now considered by many critics to be a masterpiece.


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