Date: Friday, February 17th at 8PM
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco
Admission: $10 - Limited Seating RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-558-8117
The Game (B&W, 1966)
Garage-rocking teens gamble on girls in this hip 60s short from George Kaczender, later director of the Palm d’Or nominated feature, Don’t Let The Angels Fall (1969). When suave eleventh-grader Peter Miller is dared to score the innocent Nicky, the oversexed suitor rises to occasion. Rock-n-roll, fast cars, and faster girls--what a game!
“It is love at first sight, is it not?” asks Pepe Le Pew of his tortured love object in this early entry in the beloved Merrie Melodies cartoon series. The distraught Penelope Pussycat flees Pepe’s unabashed advances until a change of heart turns the tables on our odorous friend. Oddball’s print of the film includes an often-censored sequence of Pepe threatening suicide! With the iconic voice work of Mel Blanc, the cartoon won legendary animator Chuck Jones his first Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
The Dating Scene (Color, 1972)
This sequel to the camp classic and Oddball favorite Dating: Do’s and Don’ts (1949) follows a web of would-be couples on a day at the beach as they dish gossip and share problems of the heart, wallet, and loins. More amusing than informational, the film of youth in pursuit at least offers some lessons in what not to do.
Academy Award-winning animator Richard Williams, who served as animation director on Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), presents a quest for love by the lovelorn and hopelessly stout Squidgy Bod. He may be a klutz with bad style, but at least he’s loved by his cuddly stuffed alligator, Charlie. Following the advice a bogus guru, Squidgy and his only friend meet a dubious end. The charming illustrations and off-color moral make this one a rare treat!
Social Sex Attitudes in Adolescence (B&W, 1953)
Lorne Greene, of Bonanza fame, narrates this quintessential 1950s sex education film caught between old fashioned modesty around s-e-x and the emerging openness of post-war youth. The film charts the sexual development of Bob and Mary as they grow from boy and girl to husband and wife, including a bizarre aside concerning the homosexual “phase.” A fascinating look back at a society in transition!
Plus! Have A Quickie (B&W, 1969) with Dirk Kortz and catch wacky weddings in Love, Honor and Oh Boy! (B&W, 1960).
Joe Garrity is a graduate of UC Berkeley and has studied film at NYU Tisch and La Universidad de Chile in Santiago. An aspiring writer and filmmaker, he has worked with the Pacific Film Archive, NBC’sSaturday Night Live, and the Telluride Film Festival.