Oddball Films and guest curator Landon Bates bring you Solo Cinema, a program of loners, drifters and on-screen dreamers with cast comprised of a band of outsiders. This collection of films celebrates the solitary, and salutes the secluded. The cinema, after all, is our sanctuary: the abode of the awkward, shelter for the shy. And, who better to state this theme than that perpetual wanderer, that lone wolf, the Tramp? In The Tramp (1915), Chaplin’s iconic hobo-hero saves a farm girl from a group of thieves, and, welcomed into her father’s house as a gesture of his gratitude, Charlie finds the prospect of a new home glittering (mirage-like?) on the horizon. The Tramp will be succeeded by two other weary travelers, likewise looking for a place to settle down: that eponymous duo of Roman Polanski’s brilliant early short, Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958); undoubtedly influenced by Chaplin’s slapstick antics. In this melancholic comedy, our pair of pariah’s, always lugging a beloved wardrobe, just can’t seem to find their niche in the modern city. The Balloonatic (1923) is classic Buster Keaton. With gags galore, this film finds Buster bumbling through each frame, finally whisked away by a rogue hot air balloon and dropped into the woods to fend for himself. And, finally, Buster’s balloon gives way to another: The Red Balloon (1956), wherein a young Parisian boy’s best friend is his big red balloon. Theirs is a tender friendship only a special sort of child could have, and one that ends up drawing the hostile attention of humorless adults and envious peers. Before the actual screening begins, we’ll be running Shy Guy (1947), an educational film starring Dick York (of TV’s “Bewitched”), designed to bring the antisocial adolescent out of his basement. We similarly encourage you to emerge from yours, and enjoy—with us, together--this evening of longing and laughter, melancholy and mirth.
Date: Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 558-8117