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Actor: Harry Dean Stanton

Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas

Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas

Join us on Tuesday, August 14 for a screening of director Wim Wenders‘ Palme d’Or-winning PARIS, TEXAS. Written by the late, great Sam Shepard, this sweetly desolate road movie takes place in a mythologized Reagan-era America, and follows a disheveled man named Travis Henderson who wanders out of the desert, seemingly with no idea of who he is. When a stranger manages to contact his brother, Walt, Travis is awkwardly reunited with his sibling. Travis has been missing for years, and his presence unsettles Walt and his family, which also includes Travis’s own son, Hunter. Soon Travis must confront his wife, Jane , and try to put his life back together. With Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Nastassja Kinski and Hunter Carson.

“The movie lacks any of the gimmicks used to pump up emotion and add story interest, because it doesn’t need them: It is fascinated by the sadness of its own truth.” (Roger Ebert)

“… A film that remains, for this critic, the crowning achievement of Wenders’ speckled, frequently brilliant career: the one in which his dual inclinations toward aesthetic grandeur and emotional intimacy find their most serene meeting point, outclassing even such subsequent masterclasses as WINGS OF DESIRE and PINA.” (The Guardian)

“A quiet yet deeply moving kind of Western, PARIS, TEXAS captures a place and people like never before (or after).” (Rotten Tomatoes)

Tuesday, August 14
Doors 5:45 pm | Movie 6:15 pm
Advance tickets $10 HERE | $12 at the door

*Minors welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

PARIS, TEXAS (Wim Wenders, 1984 / 145 mins / PG) A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his family and disappeared four years earlier.

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John Carpenter’s Escape from New York (2018 Restoration)

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Alien

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