Sunday, May 3, 2009

Barbarella (1968)

3.5 / 5
Tagline: Who seduces an angel? Who strips in space? Who conveys love by hand? Who gives up the pill? Who takes sex to outer space? Who's the girl of the 21st century? Who nearly dies of pleasure?
Directed by: Roger Vadim
Written by: Jean-Claude Forest, Claude Brule
Actors Include: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Marcel Marceau
Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy
Length: 98 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: France/Italy

If you want a groovy psychedelic film that has continually fascinating and bizarre sets and things going on, and tons of mostly naked Jane Fonda than you'll love this. Firstly I think she has the coolest spaceship I've ever seen (shag carpeting everywhere), and her wardrobe is well gratuitous to say the least, but it's far out too! The story is a little well uncertain, but I hardly think that's the point. She's been sent on a mission to find Duran Duran, but her ship breaks down and she ends up on another planet. Later on she gets captured and tortured by being overly sexually stimulated by a sex organ/keyboard thing? Yeah the whole thing is filled with "I can't believe it's happening" moments, yet because of this it's always interesting. I think my favorite part was watching a sting-ray type creature pulling a sled...what the frig right? I'm not usually one for sci-fi but since this has all the class of a Russ Meyer film, it's plenty amusing even for the likes of me. I think my critisizm would be that it could have tried a little more with the whole plot thing, but heck I was happy with it even though I'm still not entirely sure what transpired. Definitely a swingin' lost classic for those who like Jane Fonda and shag carpeting!

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