Friday, October 13, 2017 - Saturday, October 14, 2017
“Playing the title role of ‘a five-star double-rated astronautical aviatrix,’ Jane Fonda maneuvers an insane plot, wears Nancy Sinatra go-go boots and shiny metallics and comes across looser, lovelier and funnier than she’s ever been since. BARBARELLA is a pure goof — Vadim called it ‘a kind of sexual Alice in Wonderland of the future’ — and Fonda seems to have reveled in every sexy, campy moment.
Hell, what’s not to like about set designs that look like someone’s acid-induced science project, or a series of breast-enhancing Space Queen outfits that make the then-29-year-old Fonda resemble a dishy mutation of Judy Jetson, Buster Crabbe and Charo?…
The plot is blissfully dispensable. Barbarella crash-lands her spacecraft and emerges unscathed in a new outfit and freshly combed Edy Williams hair. Barbarella encounters the evil Black Queen (Anita Pallenberg) and wields her mini-missile projector. Barbarella learns to make love the ‘old-fashioned way’ (and likes it!) — instead of using the exaltation-transference pellets she’s accustomed to.
Fonda looks sensational and glides through this romp like a dazed, ripe-to-the- touch innocent. She’s a delight and she partners nicely with her European co-stars: David Hemmings as the revolutionary Dildano, Marcel Marceau as the orchid-munching Professor Ping and Irish actor Milo O’Shea, a Jon Lovitz look-alike, as the crazed Durand Durand.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Part of the Waverly Midnights series “The Future Is Female”
- Year 1968
- Running Time 98 minutes
- Director Roger Vadim