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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 07/15/2010

Rare Charlie Chaplin film to be screened

By Washington Post editors

A rare Charlie Chaplin film will be the highlight of a celebration of silent films in Arlington this weekend.

The "A Thief Catcher" was discovered at a Michigan antiques fair last year. Organizers of the Slapsticon Film Festival believe this will be the silent film's first screening since 1914, when it was released. The film will be screened Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theater, along with two other rarely seen Chaplin films, "Mutual Outtakes" and "The Bond."

"This is the only print that anyone knew of, and no one knew of it, until it was found," Richard Roberts, the festival programmer, told The Post's Jacqueline Trescott last month. Chaplin plays a policeman but all the elements of his trademark Little Tramp character are evident, Roberts said.

The "Little Tramp" isn't the only star to be showcased during the festival. There will also be a tribute to Abbott and Costello with "Africa Screams" (Thursday at 7 p.m.) and a viewing of Fatty Arbuckle's "The Round-Up" (Friday at 8 p.m.). All of the films will be accompanied by live music.

Click here for a full festival schedule.

By Washington Post editors  | July 15, 2010; 11:42 AM ET
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How does this qualify as "breaking news"? I read about this weeks ago in the print edition of the Post.

Posted by: dc-native | July 15, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

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