I'll never forget the firs scene of Barbarella. A
weightless astronaut floating around a spaceship starts peeling off a
clunky spacesuit to reveal a totally naked Jane Fonda within. Even with
the opening credits obnoxiously blocking key elements of Fonda's
anatomy, as a 15-year-old with raging hormones I thought it was the
greatest thing in the universe!
The 1968 film was based on a sexy French comic strip and
directed by legendary letch Roger Vadim. Italian sex goddess Virna Lisi
was originally cast to play Barbarella, the Queen of the Galaxy. But
when she backed out, Vadim's soon-to-be wife Fonda stepped in.
story takes place in the 41st Century, when the president of Earth
orders Barbarella to investigate the brilliant but evil scientist
Durand Durand in the city of Sogo on the planet of Lythion.
Sexually-charged with decent special effects,
scantally-clad Barbarella adroitly manages to lose bits and pieces of
her wardrobe as she fights for truth, justice and free sex across the
galaxy. As I recall, after seeing this movie, I ran out and bought a
poster of Fonda as Barbarella wearing her iconic see-through
breastplate, a style which unfortunately didn't catch on with future
sci fi wardrobe directors!
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