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
The nickname that the Black Queen had for Barbarella was "Pretty Pretty". Barbarella's nickname published as a subtitle as part of the the film's promotional Barbarella title was "Queen of the Galaxy". See more »
When the Earth President greets Barbarella, he raises his left hand palm outward. Barbarella responds with her right hand palm outward. However, when the President farewells her, he does so with his right hand palm outward, and Barbarella responds with her right hand palm outward as well. See more »
Stand by for a message from Dianthus, President of Earth and Rotating Premier of the Sun System.
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In the opening credits, the letters in the words move around in an attempt to obscure Barbarella's nudity. See more »
Based on the classic comic by Jean-Claude Forest, Barbarella is a benchmark of camp 60's weirdness. It captures the flavor of the strip, which had a certain tongue-in-cheek sensibility. It is probably the best of Dino De Laurentiis' comic adaptations.
Jane Fonda is at her sexiest, and then-hubby Roger Vadim likes to show her assets off. Those who have only seen Serious Jane, Aerobics Jane, Mrs. Turner Jane, or Hanoi Jane, are really missing out. Fonda had quite a talent for comedy. The rest of the cast vary in quality. John Philip Law is wooden as ever, but David Hemmings is great as the revolutionary Dildano.
For those raised in the post-Star Wars special effects world, you'll probably cringe at the effects, but they are passable, given the era, and it adds to the campy charm.
Dino De Laurentiis has been both a blessing and a curse to comics. He has produced several films based on European and American comics; unfortunately, most of them are pretty bad. Diabolik and Flash Gordon do nothing but injustice to their source material. Conan was good, but Red Sonja definitely wasn't. In fact European comics have fared rather poorly. Aside from the aforementioned Diabolik, Modesty Blaise ruined what was a great action/adventure/spy strip and turned it into a campy mess. Barbarella, on the other hand, holds up, since it was never really a serious strip.
Yes, this is the film that would inspire the future Duran Duran and entice Drew Barrymore to pursue a remake. And yes kiddies, Jane is nekkid in this one, so get that pause button ready. I mean come one, who actually watches this for the acting?
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