Friday, January 18, 2008

TCM Airs the Cult Classic Barbarella

As part of its "TCM Underground" series, the classic movie channel will air the Jane Fonda film "Barbarella" late Friday/early Saturday at 2 am EST. Released in 1968, the futuristic comedy-adventure revolves around a young heroine (Fonda) out to stop the villainous Dr. Durand Durand (whose name inspired those "Hungry Like the Wolf" boys). Along the way, Barbarella encounters strange beings and has some mind-blowing adventures; all the while doing so in various stages of undress... yeah baby!

When I first saw "Barbarella" on Cinemax as a teen during the 80s, it left quite an impression. Even though it's been years since I've seen it, I still remember Jane Fonda's striptease in zero gravity during the opening credits, John Phillip Law as the blind angel Pygar, and the sex scene that involves taking a pill/touching hands.

"Barbarella" is definitely a product of its time... which to me is a good thing since I love most things associated with the 60s. For more details and background information on "Barbarella", you can visit TCM's website by clicking here. Below is the trailer for the film.


The Rock Chick said...

I have to say, I've never watched Barbarella. I'll have to check it out. I consider you to have excellent taste in television.

Wasn't there some Pamela Anderson cartoon called Striperella or something? Is that where that came from?

Maybe I'm just crazy, too. That's always a possibility :)


Holly Smith said...

I had no idea that Duran Duran got it's name from this movie! I had never even heard of it. I just watched Jane Fonda in "Georgia Rule" last week. She plays a grandmother to Lindsey Lohan. Forty years later she's still lookin' pretty good. When I think about her, the first thing that comes to mind is my friend and I, in second grade, trying to do the "Jane Fonda workout" with my mom's VHS tape. It was too hard for us!!!

Great post!

Barbara said...

My last boyfriend nicknamed me Barbarella, but he had never heard of the movie! (he was much younger than me).

X. Dell said...

I'm gonna see if I can get this OnDemand. I've always heard about this flick, but never saw it.

Hard to remember when Fonda was that young.

pjazzypar said...

I saw it in the 70's. It was too futuristic for my taste, but I might give it another go. There was a time when Jane Fonda was one of the biggest movie star in Hollywood. Her marriage to mogul Ted Turner took her out of the limelight for a good while, but she's back and just as engaging as ever. I really liked her performance in "Monster-in-Law".

Candy Minx said...

Love this movie, love the clothes, my god Jane Fonda was a kockout. I own Barefoot In The Park with her and Robert Redford and their energy is fast and fresh. "I can't close my fist"

gurl with glasses said...

I still haven't seen this one yet.
Growing up we weren't allowed to watch anything Jane Fonda (dad did NOT like her due to her comments about the war), so i have a lot of catching up to do!

The Mistress of the Dark said...

That was some huge hair, Jane had. They used clips from the film in the Arena video :)

Malcolm said...

Jessica: I had forgotten all about "Stripperella"! Although I didn't watch it, I vaguely remember when it was on. Just to prove that neither of us is crazy, here is the link to the Wikipedia page:

Holly: Jane Fonda is living proof that working out can reap huge benefits. I saw a clip of her in "Monster-In-Law"... she still looks good.

Barbara: That's odd that your ex nicknamed you Barbarella, but hadn't seen the movie. I wonder if the name seaped into his subconscious somehow.

X. Dell: TCM has been doing a really good job of dusting off some of these cult fims for their "TCM Underground" slot. It would be cool if they devoted an entire day to cult films... hopefully on the weekend.

Pjazzy: Her marriage to Ted Turner always seemed like a classic case of opposites attracting.

Candy: Isn't the line you quoted from "Barefoot In the Park" from the scene where Robert Redford was drunk?

Gurl With Glasses: Even after all these years, the name Jane Fonda still conjures up visions of "Hanoi Jane". "The China Syndrome", "Klute", "Nine To Five", and "On Golden Pond" are some of her movies that I would recommend.

The Mistress of the D: I read about clips from "Barbarella" being feat. in the Arena video. Duran Duran were apparently big fans of the film. When watching the closing credits of "Barbarella", I saw somebody named Arcady. I wonder if that name inspired the Duran Duran spinoff group Arcadia.

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