I’ve probably mentioned it before, but in case I didn’t, I am a collector of vintage magazines and movie stills, and I’ve managed to acquire quite a few over the years. One of my favorite quirky films is Barbarella, for which I have many photographic stills and magazines featuring Jane Fonda in the titular role. It has a totally bonkers story but visually it's pretty unique, and completely of its time. I remember first reading about it in
Cheers for the diamond geezer, geezer! Some fantastic Barbarabilia. That title sequence is still impressive too, from the weightlessness to the slow reveal of her face – easy to do in CG now, but it looks as if the helmet was full of Mercury! Plus the animated credits – you could probably do it on an iPhone, but it must have been groundbreaking in 1968.
One of my favourite movie quotes ever :"An Angel doesn't make love, an Angel IS love!"
Excellent! I actually prefer the original version of the opening sequence but hey!
From the same period/producer and with John Phillip Law I was always intrigued by photos and foreign language comics of Danger: Diabolik. The art direction of the film, once I’d tracked it down, far surpassing the narrative.
I was surprised by how little of the original French comic there is. I liked the first volume of the Dynamite series. Haven’t read the second one yet!
Okay, Steve. I’m now completely ashamed, but strangely compelled to say that I have NEVER seen this film! This is now my NUMBER ONE priority watch.
Side note: My lovely bride Elizabeth is a fan of the Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie, which stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. I’ve always wondered whether she’s seen or is even aware of Barbarella and how far Ms. Fonda’s current image is from the one she had back in 1968... but I guess we’re ALL pretty different from the way we were back then.