Editors' pick

BarBarella-Q Film Series


Editorial Review

The Hirshhorn invites you to picnic or BYO BBQ sandwich to the Plaza Fountain before catching the B-level films at this series. Film scholar David Wilt will provide historical context and commentary in his introductions to each of the films. All films are screened in the Ring Auditorium. Programs are unrated but may contain adult content.


June 14: Queen of Outer Space (1958)
June 21: Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
June 28: Barbarella, Queen of the Galaxy (1968) You train your whole life to become an astronaut, only to crash-land on Venus and be captured by English-speaking hotties in miniskirts pointing ray guns at your head, and the only voice of reason belongs to Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Thus is the plaint of Captain Patterson and his crew in the 1958 camp classic "Queens of Outer Space," which screens at the Hirshhorn on Thursday as part of its "Summer Camp" series, "Barbarella-Q."

Through the end of June, the museum opens its doors to rocket ships, moon men, intergalactic sex symbols, tentacled space beasties and tight jumpsuits, and youýre invited. (Tight jumpsuit not required, but it would be great if you wore one. Do it for us.)

Sure, a film scholar, David Wilt, will be on hand to discuss the phenomenon of the sci-fi sex symbol, but we all know what weýre here for: to see some sci-fi sex symbols, not to hear some egghead talk about them. That's what said egghead wants, too, really.

Next weekend, the Hirshhorn presents "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman," starring D.C.'s 1949 Miss America Pageant represtentative Allison Hayes. (That should bring some freaks out of the woodwork.)

And the week after that, it's the "Citizen Kane" of space-siren flicks, "Barbarella," whence we as a culture got the name Duran Duran, the legacy of Roger Vadimýs excellent taste in wives and Jane Fonda in thigh-high boots.

-- Arion Berger, Express (June 2007)