Cinema Soiree: Jim Morton on East German Genre Films - Thur. July 28th - 8PM

Oddball Films welcomes back Author and Film Historian Jim Morton for our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights. Film historian and editor of ReSearch’s Incredibly Strange Films, Morton has turned his attention to the films of East Germany and discovered that they are every bit as odd as anything from the West. He will be at Oddball Films for one night only to discuss the films of the former German Democratic Republic, with clips from some of his favorites. Some of these films have not yet been released in United States. Some may never be. Here’s your chance to see what was going on behind the Berlin Wall. Morton's previous soiree sold out, and he's finally returned with a second helping of all new weird and wonderful clips. This time he is taking on genre films in the GDR, with all-new clips of everything from westerns to musicals. Here’s the story of the topsy-turvy world of red westerns where the Indians are the good guys, and spy films, where the United States plots world domination. Learn the tragic story of Dean Reed, the American pop singer who become known as the “Red Elvis”; discover the secret world of underground filmmaking that flourished beyond the reach of the government. The classic film genres of musicals and film noir are also revisited in all new clips. Selections include the musical No Cheating Darling (1972), the Western Blood Brothers (1975), spy flic For Eyes Only (1963), the Film Noir The Story of a Murder (1965), bizarro children's fantasy The Tinderbox (1959), the juvenile delinquents of Berlin, Schoenhauser Corner (1957), punk documentary Winter Adé and the rare underground piece Konrad, the Mom Said. If you’re not familiar with the strange world of East German cinema, you’re in for a treat.

Date: Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to or (415) 558-8117

Featuring Clips From:

No Cheating Darling (Color, 1972)
More singing and dancing from behind the Iron Curtain*

Blood Brothers (Color, 1975) 
East Germany made westerns, just like we did, but in East Germany, the Indians are the good guys and the cowboys are the bad guys.*

Spy movies 
For Eyes Only (B+W, 1963)
Likewise, the East Germans had there spy movies. They were more realistic than the Bond films, and Stasi agents were the good guys.

Film Noir 
The Story of a Murder (B+W, 1965)
East Germany only made a few films that could be considered film noir, but they are all great, and make West Germany seem like a very seedy place.*

Children's Films
The Tinderbox (Color, 1959)
Fairytale films were East Germany's cash cow, because they followed the original fairytales closely, the West allowed them, and some were even shown in the United States. This is one of those films.

Animation (2 examples) 
Although there were a few longer of animation using stop-motion, I'll be showing two cartoon shorts aimed at adults.

Juvenile Delinquent Films 
Berlin, Schoenhauser Corner (B+W, 1957) 
During the fifties, JD films were all the rage in the United States, Britain and West Germany. East Germany also had its own variations on this.

Winter Adé (B+W, 1988)
Most of these were safe, party line films, and in some cases, intentional propaganda, but this film has a dark side.

Konrad, the Mom Said 
Believe it or not, there were also underground films, made by rebels and punks who tread the edges of society in East Germany, much like the underground artists in the West. These films are experimental and range from weirdly fascinating, to unwatchably self-indulgent. This is one of the better ones.

*Film has not been released in the USA

About Jim Morton:
Jim Morton has written extensively on the subject of forgotten or unusual films. His work in "Re/Search #10: Incredibly Strange Films" helped redefine film criticism and its concepts of good and bad cinema. He has contributed essays to several other film books, including "Lost Highways" (Jack Sargeant and Stephanie Watson), "Sex and Zen and a Bullet in the Head" (Stefan Hammond and Mike Wilkins), and "Land of a Thousand Balconies" (Jack Stevenson). Currently he is working on a book about East German Cinema, and is the author of a website ( devoted to the subject.

About Oddball Films
Oddball Films is a stock footage company providing offbeat and unusual film footage for feature films like The Nice Guys and Milk, documentaries like The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Silicon Valley, Kurt Cobain: The Montage of Heck, television programs like Transparent and Mythbusters, clips for Boing Boing and web projects around the world.

Our screenings 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.