Oddball Films and guest curator Landon Bates bring you Fairy Tale Frenzy, a lovely jumble of fairy tales as interpreted for the screen. This program, a kaleidoscope of colors and textures, comprised of classic tales, and some fresh lesser-known ones, is sure to bring out your inner kid. We’ll begin with the wonderfully weird Czech animation Cecily (1970’s), the story of a girl whose ears, pulled continually by her grandmother as punishment for bad behavior, stretch to the size of sails, doubling as wings that will carry her far away from her previously drab and ordinary life. King Midas and the Golden Touch (1946) is a puppet-filled parable that warns against the dangers of greed, as the king abuses his newfound ability to turn anything he touches to gold. A Chairy Tale (1957), a crazy sort of comic ballet, with a sitar score by Ravi Shankar, involves a boy who may not sit in a chair until the chair first sits on him. The Owl and the Lemming (1971), a stop-motion animation with traditional Eskimo chanting music, tells of an owl who falls prey to flattery, letting his dinner elude him. The Thieving Magpie (1967), an Italian animation by Emmanuel Luzzati, set to Rossini’s famous overture, shows what happens when birds revolt against their hunters. And, lastly, we’ll conclude the evening with three exquisitely elegant silhouette films by Lotte Reiniger: The Magic Horse, The Frog Prince, and Puss n’ Boots (1953-54). This evening of fairy tale fun is not to be missed.
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 558-8117