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Trailer Watch: De Laurentiis’s Barbarella, Starring Jane Fonda

Trailer Watch: De Laurentiis's Barbarella, Starring Jane Fonda

Here’s a 1968 trailer featuring the fabulous Jane Fonda, Barbarella, in honor of the death of veteran Italian movie producer Dino de Laurentiis. I last saw him when he attended the inaugural Academy Governor’s Ball a year ago as a past recipient of the Thalberg award, to pay tribute to ailing winner John Calley, who was unable to attend. UPDATE: Here’s Richard Corliss on De Laurentiis.

I wonder if Fonda, 72, will turn up at the Governors Awards Saturday to honor Jean-Luc Godard (Tout Va Bien, Letter to Jane)? She’s been on the promo rounds recently, appearing on Oprah. Chances are her past politics are something she may not want to revisit.

[Via Badass Digest]

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Fonda, of course, starred in Godard & Gorin’s TOUT VA BIEN. After that feature was completed, the two filmmakers collaborated on an odd 52 minute reflection/deconstruction/analysis of a photograph of Fonda — that’s LETTER TO JANE.


I’ve been posting on various message boards since Dino’s demise that BARBARELLA is my favorite film of his. It was also the first De Laurentiis film I saw in theaters. (SERPICO would be next and I’ll admit here that I like SERPICO even more, despite my assertions about BARBARELLA.) I eventually saw about 40 of his films, both in theaters and on TV. I’m really intrigued by all those international productions of his in the 1950s, e.g. MAMBO, directed by Robert Rossen, King Vidor’s WAR AND PEACE, THIS ANGRY AGE, directed by Rene Clement with Anthony Perkins and Jo Van Fleet, FIVE BRANDED WOMEN, directed by Martin Ritt, and the one I’m most eager to see, ATTILA, starring Anthony Quinn and Sophia Loren. I saw parts of both WAR AND PEACE and FIVE BRANDED WOMEN on TV, but the other three I don’t recall ever showing up on TV.

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