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WEDNESDAY

Mae West was only an arched eyebrow away from 40 when she invited 29-year-old Cary Grant to come up and see her sometime in 1933’s She Done Him Wrong. West’s language is tame by today’s standards (the script was based on her play, Diamond Lil), her body matronly, her singing Idol-reject. But back in the day, she introduced an original female persona to the movies: a woman who knew what sex was, had it with her choice of men, and, my goodness, even liked it. Of course, as West liked to say, “Goodness had nothing to do with it.” She Done Him Wrong is packed full of double-entendres we still enjoy today: Who among us hasn’t cadged the line “Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?” Come up and see West when the film screens at 5:30 p.m. at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $5. (301) 495-6700. (Janet Hopf)