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Outer space never looked so erotic

The ridiculously long tagline for the camp sci-fi flick Barbarella asks: “Who seduces an angel? Who strips in space? Who conveys love by hand? Who gives up the pill? Who takes sex to outer space? . . . , ” etc., etc. Why, it’s Jane Fonda as Barbarella, Queen of the Galaxy, of course. Set in the year 40,000, the film follows our sexy heroine on a mission to stop the evil scientist Durand Durand (and yes, in case you’re wondering, that’s where they got their name) from destroying the galaxy with his sexually sinful ways. Her journey takes her to the heights and depths of carnal desire as she encounters orgasmic musical instruments, a lesbian sorceress who can turn fantasies into reality, and hookah-smoking ladies who inhale the “essence of man.” The film was a box-office bomb back in its day but has since become a cult classic, influencing many musicians, among others (such as Prince, Jamiroquai, and Matmos).
Sat., Aug. 2, 8:15 p.m., 2008

 
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