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Barbarella

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The movie that made Jane Fonda.

Roger Vadim's ultra-kitsch sci-fi classic somehow improves with age.

Despite being constructed from Mick Jagger’s dressing-up box, gold tinfoil and lava lamps, its dreamy innocence  is timeless.

Jane Fonda’s space-faring Alice in Wonderland is pure ditzy ingénue stereotype.

But as she takes up the cause of a bizarre Oz-like planet full of assorted weirdoes under the cosh of an evil, sexy dictator (Anita Pallenberg), and ends up breaking the dastardly Durand-Durand’s hilarious ‘orgasmatron’ device, it starts to play like a charmingly sly dig at the era’s rampant sexism.

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