Roger Vadim - 98mins - France/Italy

Roger Vadim - 98mins - France/Italy

Barbarella (1968)

22:30 - 6th May - The Light House Cinema

A pre-politicized Jane Fonda reached the summit of her sex-kitten period when she took the title role in her then husband Roger Vadim’s adaptation of Jean-Claude Forest’s bawdy bande dessinée. Intergalactic adventuress Barbarella (Fonda) is sent to a distant solar system to recover vanished Earth scientist Durand Durand, who has invented a weapon of incredible destructive power. Along the way, she faces many dangers, loses many clothes, helps a fallen angel (John Philip Law) recover his power of flight and faces down the devilish Black Queen (Anita Pallenberg). The ne plus ultra of smutty ‘60s conscious camp, Barbarella sports a shipload of silly dialogue, gleefully garish production design, and an international cast (also including La Cage aux Folles’ Ugo Tognazzi, Blow-Up’s David Hemmings, and mime master Marcel Marceau) gamely mugging their way through the ridiculous proceedings.