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Barbarella (1968)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy  |  10 October 1968 (USA)
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In the far future, a highly sexual woman is assigned with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand. Along the way, she encounters various unusual people.

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The adventures of sexy astronaut, Barbarella, as she travels to distant planets. A TV adaptation of the 1968 cult favorite film.

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Concierge / Durand-Durand
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Claude Dauphin ...
Véronique Vendell ...
Captain Moon (as Veronique Vendell)
Giancarlo Cobelli
Serge Marquand ...
Nino Musco
Franco Gulà
Catherine Chevallier ...
Marie Therese Chevallier ...
Umberto Di Grazia
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After an in-flight anti-gravity striptease (masked by the film's opening titles), Barbarella, a 41st century astronaut, lands on the planet Lythion and sets out to find the evil Durand Durand in the city of Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. There, she encounters such objects as the Exessive Machine, a genuine sex organ on which an accomplished artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure, a lesbian queen who, in her dream chamber, can make her fantasies take form, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which, via a poor victim struggling in its glass globe, dispenses Essance of Man. You can't help but be impressed by the special effects crew and the various ways that were found to tear off what few clothes our heroine seemed to possess. Based on the popular French comic strip. Written by alfiehitchie

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The space age adventuress whose sex-ploits are among the most bizarre ever seen. See more »


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Two of the characters in the film had two names: Milo O'Shea played "The Concierge", who was also known as "Durand-Durand", whilst Anita Pallenberg portrayed "The Great Tyrant", who was aka "The Black Queen of Sogo", or more simply known as just "The Black Queen". In the French comic book source, the latter was known as "La Reine Noire". See more »

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Although Pygar claims that the Great Tyrant put out his eyes, they are in fact quite visible; he wore a blindfold over them in the original comic. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
videophone: Stand by for a message from Dianthus, President of Earth and Rotating Premier of the Sun System.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the letters in the words move around in an attempt to obscure Barbarella's nudity. See more »

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Referenced in Coupling: The Cupboard of Patrick's Love (2000) See more »

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Love Theme from 'Barbarella'
Written by Bob Crewe & Charles Fox
Performed by The Glitterhouse
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the most beautiful film ever made
11 August 2003 | by (Suffolk, uk) – See all my reviews

This film is beautiful. From the gorgeous Jane Fonda, and sexy Pygar to the wonderful costumes, and the very shiney sets, there is nothing ugly in the whole thing.

Unbelievably silly it has some fantastic lines of dialogue like "de-crucify the angel or I melt your face!" Great characters, a killer lava lamp, fur lined space ship and a villain called Duran Duran.

The evil organ of desire scene, and the opening strip tease still manage to be erotic, even though this film is dated. Cult with a capital C, this is never going to appeal to a mainstream audience, and yet remains my favourite movie of all time. A classic. And very pretty pretty.


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