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Barbarella (1968)

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In the far future, a highly sexual woman is tasked with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand. Along the way she encounters various unusual people.

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Concierge / Durand-Durand
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Claude Dauphin ...
President of Earth
Véronique Vendell ...
Captain Moon (as Veronique Vendell)
Giancarlo Cobelli
Serge Marquand ...
Captain Sun
Nino Musco
Franco Gulà
Catherine Chevallier ...
Stomoxys
Marie Therese Chevallier ...
Glossina
Umberto Di Grazia
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Storyline

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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10 October 1968 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Charles Fox, who co-wrote the songs for this film, also wrote the theme song for another sci/fi flick of 1968, The Green Slime (1968). See more »

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When Barbarella first has to go down for a crash landing, she puts her right arm up to her head. However in the next shot her left arm is up to her head. See more »

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videophone: Stand by for a message from Dianthus, President of Earth and Rotating Premier of the Sun System.
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An Angel is Love
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25 July 2002 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure if I liked this film or hated it!! It reminds me of "Danger:Diabolik", that flash trash movie also with John Phillip Law. It is bright and loud and trashy with a little soft porn thrown in for good measure. It does tend to hold your interest throughout, maybe because you can't wait to see what outrageous scene will assault your senses next. And oh, all that phallic symbolism! Roger Vadim certainly exploited Jane Fonda in this one and she would probably like to forget the whole thing....but you've got to admit she doesn't look too bad in that plastic see-through bustier. John Phillip Law, who is a handsome devil(oops, angel), plays the part of the blind angel, Pygar, without emotion or feeling....but he played every character he ever portrayed exactly the same way. He wasn't much of an actor but it works here. This film screams the 60's, so turn on, tune out, plug in your lava lamp and take a look at it. You'll love it or hate it but you are guaranteed to have fun with it. It's the epitome of pop art!


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