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PCFF goes to 'Casablanca' for 10th anniversary

May 3

A long, beautiful relationship continues when the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival brings back the classic World War II-era romance Casablanca.

It was the first prime-time feature shown at the first PCFF, then known as The Movies Return to the Plaza Theatre, in 2008, and we brought it back in 2012.

This year’s film festival, our 10th annual, will be August 3-13 in and around the Plaza Theatre. We’re playing it again, Sam, by bringing back some of our “greatest hits” to mark the occasion.

The three-time Academy Award winner starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman is one of 10 movies we are announcing today.

The others are:

Singin’ in the Rain, shown during the first and 2010 editions of PCFF, will be part of a tribute to El Paso native (and PCFF 2010 headliner) Debbie Reynolds

Citizen Kane, the 1941 Orson Welles classic, shown at PCFF 2010 and 2013, is considered one of the best movies ever made

The Graduate, a new, 50th anniversary restoration of the Dustin Hoffmann classic, which we showed in 2009 and 2013

Jaws, which scared the wits out of the PCFF audience in 2010, returns in a 2012 restoration

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring the late Gene Wilder as the impish candy man, tickled audiences at PCFF 2009 and 2012

The Treasure of Sierra Madre, the first movie ever shown at PCFF, will be the first one we show this year

Monty Python’s Life of Brian, makes its PCFF debut

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the 1997 Mike Myers spy spoof also makes its PCFF debut (but tickets will not cost $1 million)

The Atomic Cafe, the 1982 documentary that found humor and tragedy in Cold War propaganda