Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco
Date: Saturday, January 28th, 2011 at 8:00PM
Admission: $10.00 - Limited Seating RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.558.8117
Two Men and a Wardrobe (B+W, 1958)
Roman Polanski’s darkly comic early film has many of the director’s preoccupations already present: alienation, crises in identity, and a bizarre view of humanity that sees us as some very strange animals. In this quasi-surrealist jaunt, two otherwise normal looking men emerge from the sea carrying an enormous wardrobe, which they proceed to carry around a nearby town. Seeking fun, solace, or maybe some place to put the damn thing, all the two find is rejection at every turn. Watch Polanski in a bit part he later reprises in “Chinatown”. “Two Men and a Wardrobe” initiated Polanski’s collaboration with Krzysztof Komeda, the greatest jazz musician in Poland at the time that lasted for decades.
Before George Carlin, Richard Prior and Redd Fox there was Lenny Bruce.
This legendary animated short by the infamous comedian and satirist Lenny Bruce is a vivid send up on race, class and sexuality. Watch as Tonto and the Lone Ranger’s let it all hang out. Like crazy man.
Blind as a Bat (Color, 1955)This wonderfully punchy film created by the Moody Institute of Science, gives a bizarre look into a world occupied by our only flying relatives. Somewhere between the explanations of echo location and the scenes where the bats themselves fly into walls, you’ll fall in love.
Sandy Sunrise in The Baby Sitter (Color, 1971)
Bizarro animated adult xx x explores the adventures of a babysitter and vegetables! Produced by Warped Imaginations (A Cum Stained Cartoon) featuring music from the classic Beach Boys Smiley Smile album!
The Cat Who Drank and Used Too Much (Color, 1987)Wacky anti-drug film about alcohol and drug using Pat the Cat. He hits the skids before finally reaching out for help - an Oddball Films audience favorite! Narrated by Julie Harris.
Sinderella (B+W & Color, 1962)
This amateur film produced by “Lorelei” is a faithful reenactment of the Brother’s Grimm Cinderella…. except with a handful of lovely drag queens playing all the parts. A rare document of the San Francisco drag scene in the early 60s, this gem is like a long-lost step sister to Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures. Don’t miss the amazingly cheezy production values, awesome wigs, and high-handed bitch slapping that blows D*sney right out of the water. Poor Sinderella’s hair gets a fabulous makeover when she’s transformed!
Submarine Circus (1940s)
Watch underwater mermaids, hot dog stands and circus acts beneath the Florida sea!
Stephen Parr’s previous programs have explored the erotic underbelly of sex-in-cinema (The Subject is Sex), the offbeat and bizarre (Oddities Beyond Belief), the pervasive effects of propaganda (Historical/Hysterical?) and oddities from his archives (Strange Sinema). He is the director of Oddball Film+Video and the San Francisco Media Archive (www.sfm.org), a non profit archive that preserves culturally significant films. He is a co-founder of Other Cinema DVD and a member of the Association of Moving Archivists (AMIA) where he is a frequent presenter.