The Cinema Museum, London

French Sundaes: Barbarella (1968) on 35mm Film

Sun 19 May 2024 @ 14:00 · Events

BarbarellaRoger Vadim’s memorable (not always for the right reasons) Scifi fantasy starring Jane Fonda and many well-known faces.

The year is 4,000. After floating in zero gravity, astronaut Barbarella (J Fonda) lands on the frozen planet Lythion and sets out to find renowned scientist Durand Durand in the City of Night, Sogo: a place where a new sin is invented every hour. She encounters The Excessive Machine, a genuine sex organ keyboard on which an expert musician –in this case, Durand Durand himself–can drive a victim to death by pleasure; a lesbian queen (A Pallenberg) who can make her fantasies take form in her Chamber of Dreams, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which dispenses Essence of Man through a poor victim struggling in its glass globe. You know it makes (no) sense but it looks fabulous, and it has a luscious Sixties score too.

This is screening from an original 1968 35mm Technicolor print, for the authentic cinema experience.

Each film is accompanied by an introductory illustrated talk by Jon Davies, Tutor in French Cinema at Morley College.

Doors open at 13.00, for a 14.00 start.

Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.


Tickets £8 in advance or on the door.

Advance tickets may be purchased from Ticketlab, or direct from the Museum by calling 020 7840 2200 in office hours.