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Posted by Pygar, on 2002-07-07 08:03:12

Spacecraft question?

I'm new here... someone recommended this place as one in which I might find some info I need. I have been trying to find out anything I could about the spacecraft miniature "Alpha 7" from the '68 movie "Barbarella". Ideally, I'd like to build a duplicate of the model. I can't do it from screensnaps, as it was always shown from the same 3/4 view throughout the movie, except when it has at a great distance or moving violently enough to blur any image. I can't seem to find out who made it, who filmed it, whether it still exists in some collection, and I can't find any behind the scenes pics either. In fact, virtually every picture available from "Barbarella" seems to be *of* Barbarella... I am equally interested in the spacecraft interior set, which obviously is shaped differently than the model it was supposed to fit into! Also, there was a spacecraft exterior made as well... you guessed it, it was *also* shown from the same angle as the model! Considering the responses I have received elsewhere, permit me to say right out front that my interest in this movie does not spill over to the political views of anyone involved in its making! I thank one and all in advance for any assistance you are able to give.

Posted by Nick H, on 2002-07-07 18:57:27

OK, this is no help because I don't have any info, but... if the model is always shown from the same angle, then nobody else can say your idea of what the other side looks like is wrong. So make it match the screenshots you have, and make the rest up! Possibly the original model was only detailed on that side and that's why that's all you see. And if they didn't worry to much about matching the interior to the exterior, why should you? I guess you want to be sure there are no stills of the other side lurking hidden to emerge after it's too late. But my view is that the film is the work of art, the props are just a means of getting the image on film, not an end in themselves. So the spaceship "is" what you see on screen, and if yours is consistent with those images, that should be good enough. I had a look in some books, and all I could find was pics of John Phillip Law as the Angel.

Posted by StopMoWorks, on 2002-07-07 21:45:11

Posted by Strider, on 2002-07-07 23:33:00

Have you tried going directly to the source... the French comic strip? I don't know how closely the film was based on it, or if the drawings are very precise or not, but it might give more views of the ship.

Posted by Pygar, on 2002-07-08 01:39:19

The ship in the comic was completely different... just my luck. There is supposed to be a book called Starlog Spaceships that tells who actually did the effects, but I am not able to find it in a library and can not afford to buy a whole book that may have one useful paragraph in it...