Fast forward from the 80’s to today. (Actually, Doc and Marty did this in one of the ‘Back to the Future’ films to this exact day, but I digress!) The local Casino/Cinema shows classic movies every Wednesday for $5 and ‘Barbarella’ was today’s feature. I tried to find someone to attend it with me, but finally opted to go alone. I’ve never been to a movie by myself, so I accomplished two things in one afternoon (I also lost $40, but managed to find it in my pocket later).
Every bit of this movie was absolute fun. It was full of sex, drugs and rock and roll, a perfect slice of the late 60’s early 70’s period in America. The lovely booted footprint it made on the silver screen resembled what I was taught about those years. It also made me laugh a great deal. I was one of the few in the small audience who was vocally amused and, I must admit, I giggled more often than not. I enjoyed the kids who captured and tied our human heroine upright before creepy killer chomping dolls, the bird death chamber filled with parakeets, and the orgasmic organ which was to kill Barbarella with pleasure (she broke it). The hookah where the ladies were smoking ‘essence of man’, the lightly lesbian actions of the evil villain, and the blind angel who learned to fly again (our earthling hid a weapon in his loincloth of feathers) were also delightful.
I hope to get this sound track someday. The music paired perfectly with the psychedelic images of traveling through space, time, and dreams as well as the activities of the characters. It was bouncy and I was often surprised the beautiful bodies shown didn’t dance off the set. I highly recommend this movie as an iconic snapshot of ages past and as a great way to spend 98 minutes.