Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema 62: Cinema Sequences + Nut House Nuggets, oddities from the Oddball Archives featuring new finds, buried junk, weird smut and miscellaneous moving image mayhem. This program features an oddball assortment of amazing cinema sequences, including feature parts, excerpts, trailers and “nut house nuggets" -weird spoofs and kooky cinema oddities all culled from the rarities in the Oddball Archives. Sequences include Federico Fellini’s infamous Steam Bath Sequence (1963) from 8 ½ starring Marcello Mastroianni; Reel 2 of Radley Metzger’s stylish adult film Barbara Broadcast starring Annette Haven, Jamie Gillie and CJ Laing; silent cinema trailers featuring Lon Chaney Sr. as Quasimodo in the Hunchback of Notre Dame (1925), and as a deformed phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House in Phantom of the Opera (1925) and Paul Leni’s expressionistic comedy horror film The Cat and the Canary (1927) inspired by Broadway stage plays and the cornerstone of Universal Pictures horror genre; excerpts, intros and vintage mouthwash, cigarette, and aspirin commercials from the legendary director’s television show Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962); nightmarish comedic scenes from Neil Simon’s A Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) featuring unemployed ad executive Mel Edison (Jack Lemon) and wife Edna (Anne Bancroft) living in the heat of a NYC garbage strike; a bizarre 1950s spoof compilation of TV and commercials: The Nut House!! (1950s) featuring Gaines Horse Food (made from dogs), a woman telling time by beating a baby carriage with a dead fish and other oddities; Paramount Studios introduces their wacky comedic team of Martin & Rossi (1966) complete with glamour girls and eye-popping Technicolor; the very weird Universal Studios featurette Fraud By Mail (1944) focuses on bizarre dangerous mail order fraud: nose shapers, spine straighteners, eye mallets, pendiculators and more; Isaac Hayes performs the most over-the–top spectacular version of Shaft (1972) ever at the 44th Annual Academy Awards and two early silent films by cinematic pioneer Georges Méliès La Comedie et Magique de Méliès (B+W,1903) provide some of the first examples of fade-outs, dissolves, double exposures and other camera tricks.
Date: Thursday, March 21 2013 at 8:00PM.
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 RSVP Only to: 415-558-8117 or programming
Admission: $10.00 RSVP Only to: 415-558-8117 or programming
Fellini’s 8 ½ The Steam Bath Sequence (B+W, 1963)
"I was a little shocked when I saw on a church door a poster that had my name on it that had a black border... the poster said, 'Let us pray for the salvation of the soul of Frederico Fellini, public sinner.'"
Now that we’ve chosen a pope, it’s on to the eroticism of religion.
This is Fellini's dramatic autobiographical film about a famous film director, Guido, (played by Marcello Mastroianni) who loses his inspiration in the midst of making a film. In this sequence Guido, the director, has a fantasy meeting with the Cardinal in a steambath. Guido's friends and associates exhort him to prostrate himself before the Cardinal and he does... but the Cardinal simply replies "There is no salvation outside the Church".
Having established himself as a successful XXX director under the name Henry Paris, Radley Metzger quickly followed up his groundbreaking The Opening of Misty Beethoven with Barbara Broadcast, an attempt to fuse lavish visuals and sharp wit with down and dirty sex scenes. This time any semblance of a plot is purely accidental which is great for this program since we only have the last (well worn) reel of this classic adult film.
Witness these silent cinema trailers featuring Lon Chaney Sr. as Quasimodo in the Hunchback of Notre Dame (1925), and as a deformed phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House in Phantom of the Opera (1925), all rounded out by Paul Leni’s expressionistic comedy horror film The Cat and the Canary (1927) inspired by Broadway stage plays and the film is considered the cornerstone for Universal Pictures school of horror.
Excerpts, intros and vintage mouthwash, cigarette, and aspirin commercials from the legendary director’s TV show Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) with appearances by the director himself.
Scenes From Prisoner of Second Avenue (Color, 1975)
Choice scenes from the Neil Simon comedy starring Jack Lemon and Anne Bancroft. The action occurs during an intense summer heat wave and a prolonged garbage strike, which just exacerbates the recently unemployed Mel Edison's (Lemon) plight. With no end in sight, he and his wife Edna (Bancroft) deal with noisy neighbors, loud sounds emanating from Manhattan streets up to their apartment and even a robbery of their apartment during broad daylight. A sticky, comic nightmare!
This "Viewer's Digest” spoof of soap operas and other programs is a bizarre gem. Watch a simulated commercial for Gains Horse Food (made from dogs), a lodge meeting where a cake comes out of a dummy of a woman, "commercials" for Quigleys Menthol bubble-gum and Prudential Underarm Deodorant. "News bulletin" about a zookeeper who clawed a leopard to death." Later in a spoof of "amazing feats," a woman tells time by beating a baby carriage with a dead fish. The fish is 5 minutes slow, so they give her a watch!
Starring Kathy “Nut House Squirrel Girl". Brought to you by Maidenform Sweat Sox!
Rare Paramount promotional short “introducing” their newest acquisition: the dopey comedy team of Marty Allen and Steve Rossi. Soon to star in their spy spoof The Last of the Secret Agents?, the comedy duo get a big push from poppa Paramount, complete with glamour gals and fancy cars- in eye-poppingly stunning color.
Speaking of fetish, this very weird Universal Studios featurette focuses on bizarre and quite dangerous mail order fraud: nose shapers, spine straighteners, electrical hair stimulators, eye mallets, pendiculators and more. Rather kinky.
Isaac Hayes performs the Theme From Shaft in this eye-popping, spectacularly (!) staged over-the-top performance from the 44th Academy Awards show in 1972. Hayes was the first African-American to win an Oscar in a music category.
Two early silent films by cinematic pioneer Georges Méliès which provide some of the first examples of fade-outs, dissolves, double exposures and other camera tricks. In The Witch's Revenge, a witch uses magic tricks to take over a king's throne and get revenge. In The Inn Where No Man Rests, a man staying at an inn cannot get any rest because of strange happenings.