“We’re coming to get you, Barbara!”

We're coming to get you, Barbara!

This is the image that terrified me as a child when I saw it on TV’s Nationwide. It is clearly genuine.

It’s not AS alarming as I remember it, actually. In my memory the UFOnaut was much closer to the ’70s child-archetype, and had his gloved hands menacingly outstretched.

But what really freaked the hell out of me was the idea that he had been there all along as the photo was taken, but invisible to the human eye. It now reminds me of a couple of things —

(1) “How many Indians are hiding in this room? As many as want to.” ~ old western saying.


(2) A supernatural story by Arthur Machen, told by some gents in a clun. At tale’s end, when the spookiness has been expressed, the narrator says something like, “All the same, it makes you think. We believe that we’re sat here in this club, of an evening, chatting. But in reality, we might on a golden hill, by a crystal stream. Under what skies? And in what company?”

4 Responses to ““We’re coming to get you, Barbara!””

  1. Did you say “Barbara”? Well here are 8 minutes on the set of Fellini’s “8 1/2”. It’s the shoot of the last scene and includes brief interviews with Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Edra Gale, Sandra Milo, Barbara Steele and il maestro himself.

  2. Wonderful. I especially liked seeing closeup glimpses of the background characters. The guy with the tuba and small dog is great.

    It’s terrific how the magician character was a BBC interviewer Fellini met and cast because of his face. He interviews FF on the Giullietta disc.

    While I can’t understand anything Claudia is saying, I found I was nevertheless very interested in hearing it.

    Little references to CC and 8 1/2 to come in the next few posts…

  3. When I spoke to her here in L.A. two years ago Claudia told me that 8 1/2 and The Leopard were shot at the same time. So one day she wore her hair up (Fellini) and the next she wore it down (Visconti). She also said Fellini and Visconti were playfully jealous of one another and always wanted to find out from her what the other was up to on the set.

  4. That’s delightful. Of course it would make her feel special to have her directors chasing her for info.
    There’s a great Barbara Steele interview somewhere online where she talks about being brought to the 8 1/2 set by horse and carriage every morning, and Mastroianni arriving in his pyjamas, asleep, having espresson funnelled into him as he was made up and costumed for the day.

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