Barbarella (1968)

ROGER VADIM

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBFrance/Italy, 1968.  Marianne Productions, .  Screenplay by , Roger Vadim, , , , , in collaboration with , based on the comic by Jean-Claude Forest.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Jane Fonda plays Barbarella, the Queen of the Galaxy, who flies around the universe and helps people with her superpowers. Well, actually, she has no real powers and she only gets herself out of trouble by having sex with men or waiting for them to come and save her. The plus is, her costumes are great! The sets and hairstyles are psychedelic-funky, and Fonda gives a vapidly annoying performance that only heightens the pleasure. The downside is that no matter how stupidly fun it is, it’s also way too long and extremely boring. Still, it captures an era way more effectively than most good films of the time do, but The Tenth Victim does a much better job with the genre.

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