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Consider the mini-fest. For one day only, West End Cinema is hosting Chaplin Fest, an impromptu celebration of the Little Tramp that cherry-picks from Charlie Chaplin’s best-known films. The program covers two different periods, beginning with shorts created at his own studio (“The Idle Class,” “Sunnyside,” and “Pay Day”) followed by a double feature of The Kid and A Dog’s Life. The afternoon highlights Chaplin’s successful run at United Artists with undisputed masterpieces including City Lights and the only genuinely funny thing to result from World War II, 1940’s The Great Dictator. Choosing a favorite among classics is tough, but the 5:45 p.m. screening of Modern Times might be the best bet. At the end of a long week, what could be more cathartic than watching Chaplin helplessly become a cog in the machine?
The films screen from noon to 7:45 p.m. at West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. $6.