Fashion in Film Festival: Barbarella (15) + Introduction by Christopher Laverty


25 March 2017
Cinema 2
Barbarella testifies to a time in which a profound fascination with technological possibilities of the future had permeated mass culture.

Based on Jean-Claude Forest’s racy comic serial, Roger Vadim’s film details the adventures of a beautiful, kinky ‘cosmic queen’ in the distant future of the year 40,000. Barbarella’s camp, liberated sexuality and her penchant for flaunting her body in skimpy leotards, tight suits and titillating plastic bodices, is surely one reason the film has secured cult status. The costumes, designed by Jacques Fonteray, with ‘inspiration’ from Paco Rabanne, are comic-book gear through and through while also being remarkably in line with the ‘space age’ fashion of the time.

France/Italy 1968 Dir Roger Vadim 98 min

We're delighted to be joined by Christopher Laverty who will introduce the screening.

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