“Barbarella”- “My name is not Pretty, Pretty”

Hello Folks,

Long time no speak, it has been quite a week for sure, the most flying I did in a while to be fare. Now I am back in Rome, trying to figure out how to keep going with my life without running around London or Budapest airports, and trying my best to keep away from my normal routine that is usually what strips out all the fun, am I right, or am I right?

But getting back to what I promised you guys, a small review on the movies from the “Fashion in Film” festival, which is “Barbarella”, starring Jane Fonda as the irreplaceable bounty hunter that is travelling through space, in hopes to capture a very dangerous terrorist named “Durand, Durand”, and yes this was the inspiration for a very famous music band later in history. The constumes were made by Paco Rabanne, and to be honest, certainly are out of this world.

In the movie itself, there is a huge variety of costumes, as Barbarella, being a permanent damsel in distress and a warrior at the same time happens to intervene slightly with her upkeep of her already revealing clothes in one piece. Throughout the scenes she is bitten, hit, thrown, and subject of various tortures that leave her completely naked.

The general public reactions to the movie itself that i witnessed at the exit from the movie theater was mostly “oh my God it was so funny”. When I got to think about it, it really was, not just the scenes that were supposed to be as such, but also there is an indispensable fact that as time changes, the nakedness and the sexual context in movies today is looked upon in a slightly different way, and the lack of clothes has been taken to much higher degrees today. There is no doubt that in “Barbarella”, there is a point of sexual exploration by the main heroine, and just like an Amazon, she is coming from a place where sex as we know it today does not exist, and is replaced by a pill and minimal physical contact, food is replaced by a green nourishment drink, my favorite part of my room, the comfy bed is replaced by a plastic hammock-like installation. Basically, the world she lives in is completely lacking any of the comfort and indulgences we are used to today, so her journey is focused not only on finding and capturing the evil Durand, Durand, but basically discovering that the old- fashioned sex is actually better.

The fact that all of the action is happening in or in the nearby locations of the city called Sogo, the City of Night, where you have to be bad or you will be exiled adds to the general symbolical atmosphere, as well as the fact that the King of it, is actually the Queen, which we find out in an unexpected way. And there is no surprise that The Queen is starting to want Barbarella for herself, calling her “Pretty, Pretty” from the first moment of their acquaintance. One of my favorite parts of the movie is the scene in which the Queen is shut down by the phrase “My name is not Pretty, Pretty, It’s Barbarella”, which gave kind of was a flashback to the famous “Don’t call me baby, I’m not your baby” (Scarface), which in my book is one of the best phrases of the feminist context, not the most powerful for sure, but still, we’re getting there.

All in all, the movie is full of hidden gems, like the scene where Barbarella is supposed to be executed by being placed in a glass case, in which thousands of parrots are brought in, (Hitchcock homage written all over it) and her reaction being “This is really much too poetic a way to die!”. There is no question why this particular movie was chosen for the festival, as it looks at the fashion and the attitude of the future in a very interesting and fun way, and of course the amazing Jane Fonda on the screen for 100% of the time.

That’s all folks for now, next time a more recent movie “Holy Motors”, which is the most complex of them in my opinion,

Cheers!

P.S.

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