Saturday, February 26, 2005

Movie of the Week: Barbarella


"And the moral of this story is never lean on the weird. Or they will chop your head off. And perverts will eat your brains." - Hunter S. Thompson

The year is 40.000. Peacefully floating around in zero-gravity Barbarella (Jane Fonda) is suddenly interrupted by a call from the President of Earth. A young scientist, Duran-Duran, is threatening the ancient universal peace and Barbarella is the chosen one to find him and save the world. During her mission, Barbarella never finds herself in a situation where it isn't possible to lose at least part of her already minimal dressing.

Fun trivia:

SoGo, the evil city Barberella travels to, is a reference to Biblical cities Sodom and Gomorra.

Future Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour was one of the session musicians who performed the film's original score. (A favorite album in my collection)

The scenes during the opening credits where Barbarella seems to float around her spaceship were filmed by having Jane Fonda lie on a huge piece of plexiglas with a picture of the spaceship underneath her. It was then filmed from above, creating the illusion that she is in zero gravity. (If you look carefully, you can see the reflection in the glass as she removes her gloves.)

Dildano's password, "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch", is the name of a real village in Wales, United Kingdom (unsurprisingly, it's the longest place name in the UK).

 Fun quotes:
Barbarella: De-crucify the angel!
The Great Tyrant: What?
Barbarella: De-crucify him or I'll melt your face!

Barbarella: You mean they could still be living in a primitive state of neurotic irresponsibility?

Barbarella: A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming.

Pygar: An angel does not make love, an angel *is* love.

If you haven't seen this movie you really should.


Anonymous said...

As teenagers we were prone to renting out extraordinarily soft porn films - bimbo high school etc

Being an early science fiction fan I finally convinced my friends to rent this film out and as young lads do when they're together we would holler at the tv thinking we were funny (more often than not we weren't).

When we put this on someone yelled take off your clothes (I'm fairly certain it wasn't me - at least I hope it wasn't - how cliched)then Barbarella proceeded to just that, we were impressed with our new found powers.

Then when that guy rescues her and she asks if there is anything she could do to say thank you we once again yelled at the tv "sleep with him!!" (please remember we were boys - groan I'm getting more embarrassed by the second as I tell this)and of course he suggests that and she does which then freaked us out a little.

Now that I've typed that out I wish I hadn't - don't judge me I've grown up!!!

Becca said...

LOL! That's a great story...I seem to remember a pretty similar reaction coming from myself the first time I saw it. Thanks for your courage.

Anonymous said...

Una curiosa y horrible película, al más puro estilo de aquellas de serie B, del cine norteamericano de los años 50, pero aquí dirigida a lo "bestia", por el francés Roger Vadim, y que el tio nos lleva al año 40.000 (casi nada), para ver a una Jane Fonda, en todo su esplendor, pero a decir verdad,la película es mala con avaricia, puesto que Vadim, de lo único que se preocupa, es de enseñarnos el cuerpo de su mujer (por aquel entonces, director y actriz, estaban casados o cansados). Con un argumento completamente nulo y ridículo, yo pienso que el director, la tuvo que rodar un poco "ebrio", porque no me explico, como un hombre, con muy buenas películas en su haber, y con una inteligencia extraordinaria, pudo hacer semejante bodrio. En fín, una infumable película, hecha simplemente para ver casi en "bolas" a la Fonda, y pare Ud. de contar. Saludos!!!
P.D.Me gustaria que mi blog, estuviera aquí de enlace, soy español concretamente de Madrid, y mi blog es enteramente de comentarios de películas. Perdonar las molestias. Aquí podreis me podreis encontrar:

Video Zeta One said...

David Gilmour helped with the music?... wow, learn something new every day.

Anyway, the movie's director Roger Vladim also directed another little movie called Pretty Maids All in Row starring Rock Hudson and Angie Dickinson (and produced by Gene Roddenberry of Star Trek!) Anyone remember this one? It's not on DVD yet, but I remember it being one of the most socially irresponsible movies ever (which sadly makes me want to see again all the more).

William Crawford Hazle said...

Cool Blog!
And this is a great overlooked movie list.
Barbarella has one of the best title scenes and theme songs of all time, and it makes a great double bill with Flash Gordon.
You really should add Danger: Diabolik to your list; John Phillip Law's finest hour, and it features the gorgeous Marissa Mell.

Anonymous said...

Hi I am Becca Jane. Your blog is so wonderful, and besides our name we seam to share a love of Barbarella. I have recently made a movie theater especially for the movie Barbarella. please check it out at:

There are also some early postings on my blog that talk more about the space pod and how it functions as a movie theater.I just thought it would me fun to create a nice space for others view the movie

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