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Grindhouse Review – Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy

Posted on December 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm by AGouff

Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy

Directed by:

Roger Vadim


Jane Fonda

John Phillip Law

Anita Pallenberg

Milo O’Shea

Marcel Marceau


Hello Grindhouse enthusiasts! It’s time again to visit the strange realms of the kingdom of alternative cinema. Beware, because this week, Barbarella is coming.

That’s right, this go round we take a look at the classic 1968 adaptation of Jean Claude Forest’s comic, Barbarella.

Barbarella centers on the titular character (adeptly played by Jane Fonda) in the far future, as she attempts to stop the evil scientist Durand-Durand (not to be confused with the significantly less evil Duran Duran of 80’s New Wave fame), who has disappeared on a journey to the “North Star.” Durand-Durand has developed a positronic ray that could apparently, like, break the peaceful love union of the galaxy and stuff, man. It’s all terribly 60’s.

From the opening sequence, with its rather Tom Jones music, it will be immediately apparent to anyone familiar with the source material that this is fairly faithful to the controversial nature of the character. Be prepared before watching as you are going to be seeing plenty of Jane Fond in compromising positions.

You’ll recognize a few faces here and there throughout the film, including John Phillip Law as Pygar, Anita Pallenberg as The Great Tyrant and even the legendary Marcel Marceau as Professor Ping.
The science fiction is pretty true to most films of the time – laughably nonsensical technobabble in a world covered in dry ice along with typical terrestrial critters dyed a different color to make them look more alien.

Throughout the film, the soundtrack reminds you inescapably just when this film was made, in case the youth of Jane Fonda and shag carpet covered ship interior wasn’t reminder enough. To say free love and peace was also a definite product of its time is the understatement of the century.

All in all, Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy is a pretty fun, tongue in cheek space adventure that’s sure to entertain. I give it a 7 out of 9 flying paper plates.

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