Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Forgotten Films: Barbarella

Before she was a Monster-in-Law, before she married Ted Turner, before she was a workout guru, before she was an Oscar™-winning actress, and before she was Hanoi Jane, Jane Fonda was what Old Hollywood liked to call a "sex kitten." That's when she made Barbarella, a movie that shows just how dumb, silly, and fun the '60s really were.

There's a plot of sorts, but it doesn't really matter. Fonda is like Candide, an innocent wandering through a world of wonders, though what we're really wondering is what creative way the filmmakers will come up with to have her remove her clothes, something that happens with gratifying frequency, starting with the opening credits, as the letters move about and try to cover her body parts.

Anita Pallenberg plays The Great Tyrant and Milo O'Shea plays the villain, Durand Durand (a group that didn't like the letter D got its name from this movie). John Phillip Law plays an angel. Marcel Marceau is in it, too, for those of you who love mimes.

Just watch the trailer in the previous post. Irresistible.

14 comments:

JOAN REEVES aka SlingWords said...

Oh, my! Remember how racy we thought that movie was? *LOL*

They're supposed to be remaking this, and Anne Hathaway is rumored to be the star. Odd casting I think.

Best wishes,
Joan Reeves

Bill Crider said...

It would be impossible to remake this. It's one of a kind.

August West said...

She provided that overwhelmimg support for our young boys in Vietnam. I wonder what she does on Veterans Day. She never got a nickel from me at the box office.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I prefer Klute but this was fun.

Seepy Benton said...

Forgotten movie? Hardly! I watch my DVD of it every week!

James Reasoner said...

If they'd just remake the opening credit sequence with Anne Hathaway, I'd watch that with no complaints. No need to remake the rest of it, though.

Marsdon said...

How can someone forget a zero G striptease?

Richard R. said...

I think I remember liking it, but I'm not sure, it's been a long time ago.

George said...

Classic SF camp. No remake could do BARBARELLA justice.

Bud said...

I'm too old now to remember why I liked this movie. Probably because of all the deep philosophical themes touched therein.

Cap'n Bob said...

I won't watch her in anything. She should have been shot as a traitor.

Steve Oerkfitz said...

Anne Hathaway? Bad choice. Creepy looking with no sex appeal.

Brent McKee said...

Have you seen Anne Hathaway naked?!?!?! Hardly lacking in sex appeal.

crotchetyoldfan said...

No mention of the comic the movie was based on? - http://www.hollywoodcomics.com/forest.html