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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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... 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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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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10 October 1968 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$613,285, 31 December 1977
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2.35 : 1
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Terry Southern was surprised to see the screenplay credit not just himself, but Roger Vadim and several Italian screenwriters. See more »

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During the opening sequence, as Barbarella's face is revealed, a camera is reflected in the front of her helmet. See more »

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[first lines]
videophone: 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 »

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Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) 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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Sexed-Up and Super-Silly
17 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

If you're looking for a cult classic, they don't come much stranger than sexed-up and super-silly BARBARELLA, the peculiar tale of an intergalactic secret agent (Jane Fonda) sent to a rebel planet to find a mad scientist named Duran Duran (Milo O'Shea.) Directed by Fonda's then-husband Roger Vadim, the film is less concerned with creating a coherent storyline than it is in finding inventive ways to strip Fonda of her already skimpy outfits.

In this it is remarkably successful, and Fonda actually has both enough sex appeal and round-eyed innocence to carry the thing off, emerging as something like a Barbie doll; John Philip Law strikes a similar note as the sexy but equally innocent "angel" Pygar. The designs are 1960s psychedelic with as many Freudian twists as the film's makers can come up with, and when all is said and done you can't help but roll your eyes in amusement.

True enough, BARBARELLA was probably much more entertaining back in the days LSD, and indeed one might read the entire thing as an acid trip time machine. No one in the cast takes the film very seriously, and neither should you; when all is said and done it has all the depth of a pancake, not so much funny as merely amusing and appealing to a very high-camp sensibility. But as cult movies go, it ranks right up at the top. Give a party and show it on a double bill with FLESH GORDON! Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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