Space adventuress and ‘astronavigatrix’ Babarella (Jane Fonda) is assigned by the President of Earth to retrieve missing scientist Durand Durand (Milo O’Shea), inventor of the Positronic ray, a weapon capable of appalling destruction should it fall into the wrong hands. Barbarella’s ship crash-lands in the Tau Ceti region, whereupon the camp antics are cranked to maximum cheese in aid of this cartoon orgy-come-psychedelic pantomime. From killer dolls to a hirsute child catcher, flesh-eating budgies, a blind angel, the Palace of Pleasure, a sea of sex-and-crime imbued slime and knife wielding, libidinous villainous, the Great Tyrant (Anita Pallenberg – riotously dubbed, such was her flatness in the role). Based upon Jean-Claude Forest’s Barbarella comic book series, Barbarella functions as both a pinnacle and nadir in fantasy filmmaking, albeit an unquestionable cult classic.
This screening will be accompanied by an interactive performance by San Francisco drag superstar, filmmaker, and cult (movie) leader Peaches Christ.