“Barbarella” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

14 December, 2016

Year of Release: 1968
Director: Roger Vadim
Screenwriters: Roger Vadim, Terry Southern
Director of Photography: Claude Renoir
Cast: Jane Fonda, Milo O’Shea

Synopsis: Set in the year 40,000, Barbarella tells the story of a scantily clad woman who goes on a mission to retrieve the inventor of a weapon from a planet where he kills people through sexual pleasure.

Barbarella Review:

Undoubtedly Jane Fonda’s most memorable and thoroughly ‘revealing’ role, “Barbarella” captures the bombshell in her prime as she searches for the evil Durand Durand whose name would later be tweaked and stolen by a highly successful 80s pop band. For those who still have a crush on the actress-turned-activist, seeing the young Fonda in a movie that’s all boobs, butts, and bad dialogue is more than acceptable and “Barbarella” speaks to the pervert in all of us with its beepy boopy voyeurism.

Even though we don’t really need it, “Barbarella” is hilarious proof that everyone really was high as hell in the 1960s and it appears that the filmmakers just accepted the fact that they’d never be able to put together a coherent storyline as they rolled with every single spur-of-the-moment idea that came into their heads; the best of which includes the infamous ‘Orgasmatron.’

As is often the case with art films produced in the late 1960s and 70s, “Barbarella” is only a few rewrites away from being a fully-fledged softcore porn flick, although it still manages to avoid a lot of the hanky-panky while it covers a handful of bizarre sex genres in the cheesiest way possible. Like “Logan’s Run” on poppers, the films presents hippie Sci-Fi at its most hilariously lewd, making it both a countercultural marvel and a gloriously messy piece of late-night entertainment.


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