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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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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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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)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"Stomoxys" and "Glossina", the Great Tyrant's nieces, are actually the names of flies. Stomoxys calcitrans is the stable fly, and glossina is the tsetse fly. See more »

Goofs

When Barbarella and Pygar are attacked by the leather guards in the labyrinth, Barbarella tells Pygar to shoot her gun. "To the right!" she calls out. Pygar swivels left and shoots, hitting the guard dead on. Since Pygar is blind, he had only her instructions to go on. 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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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the letters in the words move around in an attempt to obscure Barbarella's nudity. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original European version had all the nudity intact on its first release. See more »

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Referenced in Pretty Little Liars: This Is a Dark Ride (2012) See more »

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An Angel is Love
Written by Bob Crewe & Charles Fox
Performed by Bob Crewe
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Essential Sci-Fi
14 December 2004 | by jskinner-1See 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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