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Mansion hosting silent movies

July 8, 2014

The Bismarck Tribune, N.D.

July 08--The State Historical Society of North Dakota will hold a Silent Short Film Night at the Former Governors' Mansion at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

This will be the second in a series of free silent film evenings being held every Wednesday in July.

The second film in the series is the drama "The Poor Little Rich Girl" released in 1917 about a young girl who is left by her rich and busy parents to be taken care of by noncaring servants.

In 1991 the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

The film being shown on July 16 is an expressionist silent horror film called "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari".

It was released in 1920 and is said to be "the first true horror film" and the first film to have a twist ending.

It also is considered one of the most important films of the German Expressionist movement.

The last silent film being shown on July 23 is "The Passion of Joan of Arc" based on the trial and execution of Joan of Arc.

It was produced in France in 1928 and was directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer.

The silent movie nights are free. The Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site is at 320 E. Ave. B, Bismarck. For more information call 701-328-9528 or email


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