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Beginning a five-week film series, the National Archives unveils a program of “Archival Rarities,” some of them well known but seldom-seen, others even lower profile. Great Train Robbery, a Thomas Edison–produced film from 1913, is the most famous of these shorts; the one-minute Carmencita, Spanish Dance, another Edison effort, is the shortest and oldest (1894). Two of the films highlight an even newer technology, talkies: Calvin Coolidge Reads a Speech From the White House is the earliest example of a president shot with sync-sound, while Finding His Voice is a 1929 Max Fleischer cartoon that demonstrates the possibilities of cinematic chatter. Also included are Some Bonds I Have Known, in which Charlie Chaplin promotes World War I bonds, and Get Out and Get Under, in which Harold Lloyd tangles with an automobile. The series, which screens until August 9, begins at 7 p.m. today and at noon tomorrow at the National Archives Theater, 7th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 501-5000. (MJ)