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Barbarella (1968)

Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.

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(comic "Barbarella") (as Jean Claude Forest), (collaborating writer) (as Claude Brule) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

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Captain Moon (as Veronique Vendell)
Giancarlo Cobelli ...
Jean-Paul
Serge Marquand ...
Nino Musco ...
The General
Franco Gulà
Catherine Chevallier ...
Stomoxys
Marie Therese Chevallier ...
Glossina
Umberto Di Grazia ...
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The year is 40,000. After peaceful floating in zero-gravity, astronaut Barbarella lands on the frozen planet Lythion and sets out to find renowned scientist Durand Durand in the City of Night, Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. There, she encounters such objects as the Excessive Machine, a genuine sex organ on which an expert artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure, a lesbian queen who can make her fantasies take form in her Chamber of Dreams, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which dispenses Essence of Man through a poor victim struggling in its glass globe. You can not help but be impressed by the special effects crew and the various ways that were found to tear off what minimal clothes our heroine seemed to possess. Written by alfiehitchie

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Who seduces an angel? Who strips in space? Who conveys love by hand? Who gives up the pill? Who takes sex to outer space? Who's the girl of the 21st century? Who nearly dies of pleasure? See more »


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10 October 1968 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$613,285, 31 December 1977
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made prior to actress Jane Fonda's "politicization" and maturation, and the evolution of her political persona. When asked to defend the film in the context of her feminist political views, she had no choice but to accept it. She couldn't rewrite history, despite the obvious "sex symbol" nature of the Barbarella character, which feminists felt exploited women. See more »

Goofs

Mark Hand calls the scientist Barbarella has been assigned to locate as "Durand Durand Jr." No one else calls him that. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Arena (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Theme from 'Barbarella'
Written by Bob Crewe & Charles Fox
Performed by The Glitterhouse
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Essential Sci-Fi
14 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is eye candy from start to finish-- *including* one of the most baroque title sequences ever concocted (long before digital technology made this kind of playful titling standard). It's Franco-Italian design all the way through, a celebration of petroleum products and the best of the lava lamp aesthetic. Hard to tell if it's a parody of sci-fi or a parody of porn, or same difference is probably the point. There are some very stylized, sadomasochistic uses of Jane Fonda's long legs, at the same time that Fonda delivers the wittiest lines, in a very witty screenplay by Terry Southern (of Doctor Strangelove fame): "Decrucify my angel immediately!" (Kids, see if you can spot the Chucky in this 1968 precursor.) Skeptics should stay the course to learn what Duran Duran has to do with Barbarella. And Barbarella with the Black Queen. And the Black Queen with the Rolling Stones. And if you don't know what camp is, then you have to see Barbarella: even if the film is more sublime than camp, a kind of psychedelic Brechtian fantasia. (If that's not a contradiction in terms, then this isn't on my sci-fi shortlist.) One to own, to watch again and again.


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