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Barbarella CL Recommends

When: Sun., Nov. 3, 7 p.m. 2013
Price: $4
Nobody would mistake 1968’s Barbarella for a particularly good movie, but as a product of its time, it holds a certain kitschy appeal. In her final “sex kitten” role — she would emerge as a dramatic actress of tremendous talent in her Oscar-nominated turn in the following year’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? — Jane Fonda brings the comic-strip character to life, as the sexy (and sex-hungry) heroine of the future, tasked to travel to a mysterious planet in search of a missing scientist. Arriving there in a spaceship that features a shag-carpet interior, Barbarella is painfully tortured by razor-teeth dolls, pleasurably tortured by the Excessive Machine (a device not unlike the Orgasmatron in Woody Allen’s 1973 Sleeper) and forced to contend with the Mathmos, which is basically a lava lamp of evil. Trivia note: The band Duran Duran got its name from a major character in this movie, Durand Durand.
— Matt Brunson


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