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Silent films were never silent, of course, but most contemporary viewers couldn’t know just how musical they were until the recent vogue for screening early-20th-century pictures with live ensembles. Tonight’s “Charlie Chaplin Film Festival” features Rick Benjamin’s Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, a “living tintype” that will provide suitably boisterous period music for three Chaplin films: One A.M. puts Chaplin’s popular vaudeville character, the drunken playboy, on celluloid; The Rink finds Chaplin besting a bully, winning the girl, and wrecking the place without ever taking off his skates; and the Little Tramp adopts an orphan in The Kid, the director’s first feature, which displays his trademark combination of bourgeois sentimentality and anarchic sight gags. At 8 p.m. (with a 2 p.m. hourlong family show) at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $22-28. (202) 994-6800. (Mark Jenkins)