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With its elaborate set pieces and otherworldly costumes, Roger Vadim’s 1968 camp classic practically pulses with the vibrancy of peak sci-fi psychedelia. A pre-Hanoi Jane Fonda is magnetic as the titular astronautical aviatrix who carries this bit of wacky, futuristic erotica to next-level adventuretime on a quest to rid the world of the Positronic Ray (it was the Cold War, people!) and spread pure love throughout the universe. Crossing intergalactic paths with a blind angel, silver-fanged babydolls and a certain sadomasochistic invention dubbed “the Excessive Machine,” our heroine moves from her entirely (yes, even the ceiling) shag-carpeted spaceship to the core of the 16th planet of Tau Ceti in no less than eight fab-u-lous costume changes. With perhaps the most seductive spacesuit strip this side of Alien, Barbarella’s charm will float you out of the theater on the wings of Pygar; its psych-lounge tunes will follow you home.

Dir. Roger Vadim, 1968, 35mm, 98 min.

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