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Barbarella (1968)

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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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(from the best seller "Barbarella" by) (as Jean Claude Forest), (screenplay) | 7 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Barbarella
... Pygar
... The Great Tyrant
... Concierge / Durand-Durand
... Professor Ping
... President of Earth
... Captain Moon (as Veronique Vendell)
Giancarlo Cobelli ... The Revolutionary
Serge Marquand ... Captain Sun
Nino Musco ... The General
Franco Gulà ... The Suicide (scenes deleted) (as Franco Gula)
Catherine Chevallier ... Stomoxys
Marie Therese Chevallier ... Glossina
Umberto Di Grazia ... Sogo Citizen
... Dildano
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Storyline

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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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$613,285, 31 December 1977
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(Westrex)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jane Fonda dubbed herself for the French version. See more »

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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 »

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Referenced in America's Next Top Model: Fortress of Fierceness (2009) See more »

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An Angel is Love
Written by Bob Crewe & Charles Fox
Performed by Bob Crewe
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the most beautiful film ever made
11 August 2003 | by 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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