She sings. She acts. She makes comeback after comeback. And of course, she fascinates.

The Museum of the Moving Image is currently presenting A Cher for All Seasons, a multi-film retrospective on the one-named-wonder who possesses a one-of-a-kind talent.

Cher has been an international superstar even since her television debut with her then-partner Sonny Bono in the 1960s. She entertained, but she also radiated charisma. Fast-forward to December 2018, and she has a Grammy, an Emmy, three Golden Globes, and an Oscar to go along with at least one number one single on Billboard’s pop chart in each of the past six decades.

Now she has a film festival in her honor in Queens. It actually began last weekend, but eight screenings are coming up. Here’s the remaining schedule.

“Moonstruck” on Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. With an all-star cast including Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, and Danny Aiello, this 1987 romantic comedy features Cher as Loretta Castorini, a young Brooklyn widow who is supposed to marry Johnny Cammareri (Aiello), but falls in love with his brother Ronny (Cage). She won an Oscar for this performance. (So did Dukakis.)

“Mask (Director’s Cut)” on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. Cher plays Rusty, the mother of a young man, Elliott, who was born with a rare disease causing cranial enlargement, in this 1985 tear-jerker. (Think “Elephant Man.”) Rusty is complicated. She likes to party and spends a lot of time with her biker boyfriend, but she also loves Elliott with tenderness. She garnered the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival for this role.

“Mermaids” on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 4:30 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. Cher is a free-spirit single mom to Winona Ryder’s 15-year-old Rachel and Christina Ricci’s Kate, who is nine, in this 1990 relationship film. It’s 1963, and Cher has to relocate the family from Oklahoma to Massachusetts, while also dealing with growing pains and family tragedy.

“The Witches of Eastwick” on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. Cher works with Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer in this 1987 shocker comedy. All three women fall in love with a mysterious new resident of their small town, played by Jack Nicholson. Hilarity and a magical battle of the sexes ensue.

“Burlesque” on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 4:30 p.m. Cher co-stars with Christina Aguilera in this 2010 musical, which was actually her first big role after a 10-year drought. Cher’s Tess is a cagey veteran of the Los Angeles burlesque scene who helps Aguilera’s Ali rise from waitress to glammed-up, decked-out superstar.

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. Despite Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Amanda Seyfried, some critics contend that Cher stole the show in this 2018 sequel to the 2008 smash hit ABBA musical. In a typecast role, Cher is an age-defying grandmother who shakes things up on the Greek island of Kalokairi.

Tickets are $15. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District. All the scheduled films will screen in the Sumner M. Redstone Theater.

Born Cherilyn Sarkisian in California in 1946, Cher’s other well-known nickname is the “Goddess of Pop.” Her resume includes highly popular television shows, feature films, Broadway plays, pop songs, multi-year residencies at Las Vegas resorts, world concert tours, fashion trends, four comebacks, and advocacy for LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

Top photo: Cher; Gallery images: Museum of the Moving Image


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