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BARBARELLA
June 24, 2015  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 2:15 a.m. ET

 

In 1968, three years after Ursula Andress starred as She, Jane Fonda starred in the title role of Barbarella, a sexy sci-fi romp based on a French comic strip and directed by her then-husband, Roger Vadim. There’s so much to say about this film – including that its villain, Durand Durand, inspired a similarly named music group in the Eighties. Anita Pallenberg (pictured with Fonda) steals every scene she’s in as the Great Tyrant, but give it up for Fonda, as well as her costumer: She’s even funnier and flashier here than she was in 1965’s wonderful Western spoof, Cat Ballou – and in almost eight years of selecting photos for Bianculli’s Best Bets, this may be my all-time favorite day. Forgive me… Old screen crushes die hard.

 
 
 
 
 
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