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Press Release - Public Invited to Silent Film Series at Former Governors’ Mansion

Contact: Johnathan Campbell

Public Invited to Silent Film Series at Former Governors’ Mansion

BISMARCK— The public is invited to Silent Short Film Night at the Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site in Bismarck, Wednesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. It is the second in a series of free silent film evenings being held Wednesdays in July.

The July 9 short film is: The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917) is an American comedy-drama film starring Mary Pickford, who plays the young girl, Gwendoline, left by her rich and busy parents to take care of unsympathetic servants. In 1991, The Poor Little Rich Girl was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Other films in the July series include:

July 16: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 1920 German expressionist silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene. Roger Ebert has called this film “the first true horror film” and is considered one of the most important films of the German Expressionist movement. It was also cited as being the first film to have a “twist ending.”

July 23: The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc) is a silent film produced in France in 1928. The film is based on the actual records of the trial of Joan of Arc. Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer and starring Renee Jeanne Falconetti in the title role, this film has been regarded as landmark cinema and has been described as being the finest film in cinema history. The film takes place during the time Joan of Arc was captured and held prisoner in England and depicts her trial and execution.

The Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site located at 320 E. Ave B in Bismarck and is open year-round. Admission is free. For more information call 701.328.9528 or email

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