The Minnesota State University Moorhead Summer Cinema Series this year features four silent films from the 1920s, and a collection of Buster Keaton short films. The series runs Monday evenings from July 9 through July 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Hall on the MSUM campus.
Founded in the mid-1970s by late MSUM film professors Ted Larson and Rusty Casselton, the series features retrospective showings of some of Hollywood’s greatest stars in popular motion pictures, as well as a few rare, seldom-seen movies. Each film is preceded by a short subject film or cartoon.
Film professors from MSUM, Concordia College and the University of North Dakota provide brief introductions to each film. Members of the Red River Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society provide pre-show pipe organ music, and accompany the silent films on the Ted M. Larson Memorial WurliTzer pipe organ.
The schedule for the series is:
- July 9—Sparrows, a silent drama featuring Mary Pickford, Roy Stewart and Mary Louise Miller
- July 16–The Great K & A Train Robbery, a western starring Tom Mix, Dorothy Dwan and Tony the Horse, plus a 12-minute film considered to be the first western, The Great Train Robbery
- July 23—Buster Keaton shorts (The Balloonatic, The Electric House, The Boat and The Playhouse)
- July 30–Wings, an action drama starring Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Richard Arlen.
All of the films in the series are appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $4 per film, and are sold at the door. Ice cream sundaes will be served following the final movie of the season. For more information, please contact Series Director Tom Brandau at 701.446.7818, or firstname.lastname@example.org.