Barbarella – a quick look at sci-fi architecture from 50 years ago

Architecture in movies is … background. So usually when the story is not so well thought out, the design is not there either. Not so long ago sci-fis were considered “B movies” so the budgets just weren’t there and sometimes the producers just didn’t have any faith in it – so … why bother, right?

But occasionally a rather goofy movie might surprise you with an interesting design (someone in that department took their job seriously).

Barbarella had some thought put into its set design and costumes. Although they look cheese to the modern eye, they made quite an impression at the time. Later, designer Jean Paul Gaultier used them as inspiration for The 5th Element.

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