Barbarella

Barbarella

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Director: Roger Vadim

Cast: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg

     
 

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In 1965 Jane Fonda married French director Roger Vadim, who had enjoyed spectacular success with his convention-breaking film And God Created Woman, which starred his then-wife Brigitte Bardot. Vadim cast Fonda as the title character in his colorful 1968 Panavision film Barbarella, Queen of the Galaxy, and the results shine on DVD. The film is presentedSee more details below

Overview

In 1965 Jane Fonda married French director Roger Vadim, who had enjoyed spectacular success with his convention-breaking film And God Created Woman, which starred his then-wife Brigitte Bardot. Vadim cast Fonda as the title character in his colorful 1968 Panavision film Barbarella, Queen of the Galaxy, and the results shine on DVD. The film is presented in widescreen format which does the bizarre sets and landscapes justice. It also comes in Dolby Digital stereo and can be played in English or French. Also included are the standard interactive menus and scene selections, as well as the original theatrical trailer, which in and of itself is a great example of true kitsch from this bygone era. Unfortunately, the DVD does not include any information on the actors or director, or a history of the film's production. For such a bizarre and campy film, some sort of additional information would have been appreciated, especially for the uninitiated, who are probably wondering how on earth Jane Fonda came to make this film.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
A coy European sex comedy with space-opera trappings and an American accent, this frothy Roger Vadim/Jane Fonda collaboration reads like a grown-up, sci-fi update of Alice in Wonderland. Although it often pops up on "Worst Movies Ever" lists, it's actually something of a treat if one approaches it with the right attitude. From the eye-popping plasticity of the production design to the gentle grooviness of the Bob Crewe Generation's campy lounge soundtrack, Barbarella is a defiantly trivial film. But Fonda's studied vacuity, Anita Pallenberg's kinky glamour, and John Phillip Law's bronzed pecs and hippie truisms keep things sexy, sweet, and funny. Fonda has spent more than three decades trying to live down the zero-gee peep show that opens the film, but besides a few bare breasts and countless double entendres, nothing here crosses the line between erotic comedy and pornography. (In fact, the MPAA bizarrely let the film off with a mere PG.) The gender roles aren't particularly progressive, especially given the running gag about Barbarella getting her first few tastes of physical copulation after a lifetime of "advanced" virtual sex. But unless you're a humorless dogmatist, a puritan, or a holdover from the anti-"Hanoi Jane" school of patriotism, it's hard to be anything but amused and entertained by this campy classic.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1999
UPC:
0097360681277
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
7,019

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9; Dolby Digital: English mono; French mono; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Fonda Barbarella
John Phillip Law Pygar
Anita Pallenberg Black Queen
Milo O'Shea Durand-Durand, The Concierge
David Hemmings Dildano
Joan Greenwood The Great Tyrant [uncredited]
Maria Theresa Orsini Suicide Girl (uncredited)
Catherine Chevallier Stomoxys
Marie Therese Chevallier Glossina
Marcel Marceau Prof. Ping
Talitha Pol Pipe-smoking girl
Antonio Sabato Jean-Paul (uncredited)
Ugo Tognazzi Mark Hand
Franco Gula Actor
Claude Dauphin President of Earth
Veronique Vendell Captain Moon
Serge Marquand Captain Sun
Nino Musco Actor
Umberto DiGrazia Actor
Giancarlo Cobelli Actor
Charles Fox Conductor

Technical Credits
Roger Vadim Director,Screenwriter
Vittori Bonicelli Screenwriter
Claude Brule Screenwriter
Bob Crewe Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Brian Degas Screenwriter
Enrico Fea Art Director
Jacques Fonteray Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Claude Forest Screenwriter
Charles Fox Score Composer
Mario Garbuglia Production Designer
Tudor Gates Screenwriter
David Hildyard Sound/Sound Designer
Carlo Lastricati Asst. Director
Victoria Mercanton Editor
Claude Renoir Cinematographer
Terry Southern Screenwriter
Clement Biddle Wood Screenwriter

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