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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.

Director:

Roger Vadim

Writers:

Jean-Claude Forest (from the best seller "Barbarella" by) (as Jean Claude Forest), Terry Southern (screenplay) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Barbarella
John Phillip Law ... Pygar
Anita Pallenberg ... The Great Tyrant
Milo O'Shea ... Concierge / Durand-Durand
Marcel Marceau ... Professor Ping
Claude Dauphin ... President of Earth
Véronique Vendell ... Captain Moon (as Veronique Vendell)
Giancarlo Cobelli Giancarlo Cobelli ... The Revolutionary
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand ... Captain Sun
Nino Musco Nino Musco ... The General
Franco Gulà Franco Gulà ... The Suicide (scenes deleted) (as Franco Gula)
Catherine Chevallier Catherine Chevallier ... Stomoxys
Marie Therese Chevallier Marie Therese Chevallier ... Glossina
Umberto Di Grazia Umberto Di Grazia ... Sogo Citizen
David Hemmings ... 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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The space age adventuress whose sex-ploits are among the most bizarre ever seen. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barbarella See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$613,285, 31 December 1977
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Mono (Westrex)

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Inspired a music video, Drive My Soul, by the Canadian singer-songwriter Lights See more »

Goofs

Pygar claims that the Great Tyrant put out his eyes, but they are clearly visible. In the original comic he wore a blindfold over them. 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 Forget Paris (1995) See more »

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I Love All the Love In You'
Written by Bob Crewe & Charles Fox
Performed by The Glitterhouse
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Meet Jane Fonda: Space-Kitten
2 January 2015 | by Fuzzy WuzzySee all my reviews

When space-kitten, Barbarella (our astronaut-heroine of the 41st century) lands on the planet Lythion and earnestly sets out to track down the diabolically evil villain, Durand Durand, in the city of Sogo (where a new sin is invented every hour) here's what our beautiful space-angel encounters.....

The "Excessive Machine" (a genuine "sex" organ on which an accomplished artist playing its keyboard can literally drive a victim to certain death by pleasure)....

A lusting, lesbian queen, wearing an eye-patch, who, in her fantastic dream chamber, can will her most deliciously wicked fantasies to take form.

Believe me, Barbarella is one wild, Sci-Fi, sex farce that seems to stand out (in all of its zany audacity) on its very own.

One can't help but be tickled pink by the cheesiest special effects imaginable - As well as the various ways that were found to tear off what few clothes our heroine, Barbarella, already had on.


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