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Contemporary action-flick fans expect spectacular audio as well as visual effects: the crash of the explosion, the swish of the light saber, the thud of the punch. But these sounds weren’t always considered necessary, as the Library of Congress’ Silent Adventurers series demonstrates. Today’s feature is If I Were King, a 1920 film by director J. Gordon Edwards (Blake’s grandfather). In this fictionalized tale of 15th-century poet Francois Villon, the impoverished writer is made regent for a week; if he fails in that time to repulse the Burgundian troops who have besieged the capital, he’ll be hanged. Also on the bill are a two-minute dueling scene from 1910’s By Right of Sword and The Two Sons, a 10-minute film from 1909. At 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 1st & Independence Avenue SE. Free. For reservations call (202) 707-5677. (Mark Jenkins)