Sexual Miseducation - Thur. July 2nd - 8PM

Oddball Films presents Sexual Miseducation, a night of vintage 16mm sex ed shorts, burlesque, smut and stag films from the 1910s-1970s.  This sinful program features tons of new discoveries from the archive, including one of the very first pornos, stop-motion bean bags getting it on, homegrown local erotica, and even stereoscopic nudies. 
Peter Sellers voices a bumbling father explaining sex to his child in the hilarious Halas and Batchelor cartoon Birds, Bees and Storks (1965).  Find out Are You Ready For Sex? (1978) with the help of a bearded doctor and several melodramatizations.  Hop on board for what some say is America's first hardcore porn (and the only hardcore we will be screening this night), the notorious silent stag film A Free Ride AKA Grass Sandwich (1915). San Francisco co-stars in The Screening Room (1970s), an erotic tale of two lovers shooting a porno in Renaissance costumes, then seeing themselves on a North Beach screen.  A buxom blonde marionette gets into burlesque with Doll Dance (1940s).  Mrs. John Barrymore does the least enticing striptease you've never seen in the entirely unsexy How to Undress for your Husband (1937).  San Francisco's own radical sexual-awareness ministry the Multi-Media Resource Centers brings us three super short-shorts on the lighter side of sex-ed: bean bag frogs get it on in a variety of human sexual positions in The Love Toad (1970), the all-too sensual act of peeling citrus in Orange (1970), and a hyper-speed sexual rendezvous in A Quickie (1969). Play with your toys in a non-XXX excerpt of bizarro porno Orgy of the Dolls (1970s). Plus, four unscreened 1940s nudie cuties: Busman's Holiday, a film for serious artists only, Fanny with Cheeks of Tan and Tantalizing Torso from Seaside Films, and the double vision of Stereoscopic Smut! Early birds will watch as a high school class makes a film about contraceptives in The Birth Control Movie (1982). 

Date: Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to or (415) 558-8117


Birds, Bees and Storks (Dir. John Halas, Color, 1965)
A father sets out to explain the facts of life to his son, but becomes increasingly embarrassed to the point where his explanations are so vague as to be incomprehensible. Inspired by Gerard Hoffnung's 1960 book of the same name, this is a delightful and all too familiar study of the embarrassed middle-aged British male, as a father attempts to explain the facts of life to his son but ends up delivering a monologue so packed with euphemisms about birds, bees and butterflies that it ends up being totally incoherent. Produced by the esteemed Halas & Batchelor Animation Studio, the visual style (inspired directly by Hoffnung's drawings) is simple in the extreme - for much of the film, we just watch the father squirming and blushing in his chair, which focuses our attention both on Peter Sellers' monologue and director John Halas' subtle visual characterization, all nervous tics and fidgeting.
Are You Ready for Sex? (Color, 1978)
Harvey Caplan, MD, a gentle, bearded man, guides teens through a discussion of sexuality. Featuring clips of scenarios between potential lovers with voice-over narration (should I? what will he think?), Caplan provides us all with a lot to think about before making the big leap.

The Screening Room (Color, 1970s)
A couple, man and woman, walk through San Francisco with great old vintage shots of Geary Street, Post Street, Union Square. They walk into the Screening Room theater, and see a porn film on the screen. They walk to a back room, and once through the door, are now on a hill, in the country, wearing Renaissance costumes. They roll around in the grass, removing their clothes, and making out. They walk back into the theater wearing their modern clothes, and see themselves, in costume, on the screen, then leave the theater.

Doll Dance (B+W, 1940s)
A 1940s Burlesque tit for tat dance number with Arlene and Rene. Both ladies are lovely, only Arlene has someone pulling her strings.

How to Undress in Front of Your Husband (B+W, 1937)
An exercise in exhibitionism and the least titillating striptease ever starring Elaine Barrie AKA Mrs. John Barrymore (!) wife of the famed Hollywood legend. It's a wonder she was his last wife!

Free Ride AKA Grass Sandwich (B+W, 1915)
This infamous stag short is touted as being the earliest example of American hardcore pornography, though its actual date of production is still hotly debated.  A motorist stops to pick up a couple of lovely ladies from the side of the road and they embark on the ride of their lives! Silent with added soundtrack.

The Love Toad (1970, Color, Greg Von Buchau)
A comedic stop-motion animation featuring two amorous bean-bag toads that get it on and demonstrate a number of sexual positions, from missionary, to oral, to froggy style. From the sexually progressive Multi-Media Resource Center.

Orange (1970, Color, Karen Johnson)
A sensual rendering of the evocative act of peeling an orange. Extreme close-ups of hand peeling and gouging an orange and its flesh . Also from the Multi-Media Resource Center

A Quickie (1969, black and White, Dirk Kortz)
A couple meet for a quick sexual interlude, and when we say quick, we mean hyper-speed!

Busman's Holiday (B+W, 1940s)
"This motion picture is produced exclusively for study by artists" warns an intertitle, but something tells me this nudie cutie made its way to more than one stag party! The "story" centers around a lovely young lady who is not only a model, but a budding photographer as well. Thank goodness she's a bit of a klutz and ends up revealing a lot more of herself than her talent!

Stereoscopic Smut (B+W, 1940s)
Yes, you are seeing double!  It's double trouble in this unique piece of vintage erotica.  A lovely brunette undresses for the cameras.  Originally made to be viewed in a specialized stereoscopic viewer, this lovely lady won't be in 3D, but she's still got twice the goods!

Nudie Cuties from Seaside Films (B+W, 1940s)
Fannie with Cheeks of Tan, Tantalizing Torso
Two titillating tales featuring bikini-clad women and an over-the-top narrator. Shot over 60 years ago these risque shorts always feature women doing things that expose themselves like applying suntan lotion, trying on clothes and “getting comfortable” in the hot sun. A sexy and sexist look at the lighter side of eroticism in the 1940s.

The Orgy of the Dolls (Color, 1970s, excerpt)
A truly bizarre piece of pornography (we will cut before it gets XXX) that brings new meaning to "playing with your toys." A woman goes into a doll shop after hours and brings to life a bunch of human-sized horny dolls.

For the Early Birds:

The Birth Control Movie (Color, 1982)
Uses the format of a high school filmmaking class project of making a film on reproduction and contraception to present information on physiological processes and contraceptive methods and devices. There are rap-sessions, jam-sessions, uncomfortable conversations with parents about diaphragms and the meta-moment when the students all sit down to watch their film on a 16mm projector!

About Oddball Films
Oddball films is the film component of Oddball Film+Video, a stock footage company providing offbeat and unusual film footage for feature films like Milk, documentaries like The Summer of Love, television programs like Mythbusters, clips for Boing Boing and web projects around the world.

Our films are almost exclusively drawn from our collection of over 50,000 16mm prints of animation, commercials, educational films, feature films, movie trailers, medical, industrial military, news out-takes and every genre in between. We’re actively working to present rarely screened genres of cinema as well as avant-garde and ethno-cultural documentaries, which expand the boundaries of cinema. Oddball Films is the largest film archive in Northern California and one of the most unusual private collections in the US. We invite you to join us in our weekly offerings of offbeat cinema.