Bob Crewe and Charles Fox - Barbarella (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Bob Crewe and Charles Fox - Barbarella (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Barbarella
Multicolored, comic-like film poster of Barbarella and other characters
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Roger Vadim
Produced by Dino De Laurentiis
Screenplay by
  • Terry Southern
  • Roger Vadim
  • Claude Brulé
  • Vittorio Bonicelli
  • Clement Biddle Wood
  • Brian Degas
  • Tudor Gates
  • Jean-Claude Forest
Based on Barbarella
by Jean-Claude Forest
Starring
  • Jane Fonda
  • John Phillip Law
  • Marcel marceau
  • David Hemmings
  • Ugo Tognazzi
Music by
  • Bob Crewe
  • Charles Fox
Cinematography Claude Renoir
Edited by Victoria Mercanton
Production
company
Marianne Productions
Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • 11 October 1968 (New York)
  • 18 October 1968 (Italy)
  • 25 October 1968 (France)
Running time
98 minutes
Country
  • France
  • Italy
Budget $4–9 million
Box office $5.5 million (North American rentals)

 

  Barbarella is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Roger Vadim, based on the comic series of the same name by Jean-Claude Forest. The film stars Jane Fonda as Barbarella, a space-traveler and representative of the United Earth government sent to find scientist Durand Durand, who has created a weapon that could destroy humanity.

As a director who expressed an interest in comics and science fiction, Vadim was hired to direct Barbarella after producer Dino De Laurentiis purchased the film rights to the comic series. Vadim attempted to cast several actors in the title role (including Virna Lisi, Brigitte Bardot, and Sophia Loren) before choosing his then-wife, Fonda. A friend of Vadim's, Terry Southern, wrote the initial screenplay, which changed considerably during filming and led to seven other writers credited in the final release, including Vadim and Forest. Filming began immediately after production wrapped on another De Laurentiis comic adaptation, Danger: Diabolik.

The film was particularly popular in the United Kingdom, where it was the year's second-highest-grossing film. Contemporary film critics praised Barbarella's visuals and cinematography, but found its storyline weak after the first few scenes. Although several attempts at sequels, remakes, and other adaptations have been planned, none have entered production.

 

 

A man (Roger Vadim) standing with a dog on his shoulder with a woman (Jane Fonda) next to him.
 
Roger Vadim and Jane Fonda in 1967

 

Michel Magne was commissioned to score Barbarella, whose effort was discarded. The film's soundtrack, completed by composer-producers Bob Crewe and Charles Fox, has been described as lounge or exotic. Crewe was known for composing 1960s songs such as the Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry". Some of the music is credited to the Bob Crewe Generation, a group of session musicians who contributed to the soundtrack. Crewe invited the New York-based group the Glitterhouse, whom he knew through his production work, to provide vocals for the songs. He reflected on the soundtrack in his autobiography, saying that it "clearly needed to have a fun and futuristic approach to it, with sixties-music sensibility".

 

 

 

Bob Crewe and Charles Fox - Barbarella (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

U.S. Dynovoice DY 31908 (1968).

This record for sale is a modern re-press of the soundtrack first released in 1968.

Album produced by Bob Crewe.

The vinyl record attains a Mint- grading, suggesting very few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong, undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

 

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