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The greatest psychedelic science fiction sex comedy ever made!
Infofreak26 March 2003
I first saw 'Barbarella' on TV as a small child in the 1970s and along with 'The Omega Man', 'One Million Years B.C.', and 'Jason and the Argonauts' the movie blew my tiny little mind! I think my interest in cult and bizarre began from seeing this classic slice of 1960s psychedelic trash for the first time. This is one of the silliest movies ever made, but still one of the most entertaining. Jane Fonda, then at the peak of her sex kitten period (history lesson - this was before "radical Jane" and "corporate Jane"), has never looked lovelier than in this movie, and manages to really pull off Barbarella's wide-eyed innocence. Anita Pallenberg (co-star of 'Performance' and then Keith Richards' "old lady") is stunning as The Great Tyrant, even if her voice is dubbed, and her handful of scenes with Fonda are unforgettable. The rest of the eclectic supporting cast includes cult favourites John Phillip Law ('Diabolik') as Pygar, the blind angel, David Hemmings ('Profondo Rosso') as Dildano a revolutionary, and Milo O'Shea ('Theatre Of Blood') as renegade Earth scientist Duran Duran. 'Barbarella' contains some of the most striking and surreal images of the 1960s (the doll attack scene is one of my all time favourites!), and is definitely one of the most bizarre science fiction movies ever made. Like many of the 1960s more excessive movies it is a real love it or hate it proposition. I love it of course, and think it, Russ Meyer's 'Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!', and Roger Corman's 'The Trip' are the three greatest 1960s trash classics. This is simply absolutely essential viewing for all 1960s buffs, science fiction or otherwise. Long live 'Barbarella'!
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Essential Sci-Fi
jskinner-114 December 2004
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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Sexed-Up and Super-Silly
gftbiloxi17 August 2005
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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Fonda is the Best Thing
Michael_Elliott6 September 2012
Barbarella (1968)

** (out of 4)

Campy sci-fi based on the French comics has Jane Fonda playing the title role, a futuristic superhero who is asked by the President of Earth to travel to a distant planet and rescue a doctor. I can understand why this film has gained a cult following over the past few decades but to me this thing is still a pretty big mess and it's somewhat shocking watching the film to day and looking back and wondering what the original producers were thinking. I mean, if you look at the "story" of this thing, it's a complete mess and it's all over the place. I'm not exactly sure what they were trying to do in regards to the story but it's a complete misfire. Not for a single second do you care about Barbarella's adventure nor do you care about anything she's doing in the film. The reason the film remains entertaining is because it's simply so strange and surreal. Visually the film is quite impressive as a bunch of pulp. The set design and costumes are certainly memorable and the now laughable special effects have a mild charm to them. What really keeps the film moving is seeing someone like Fonda doing a role like this. She's very good in the role, there's no doubt about it, as she can handle the campy moments as well as deliver on the sexuality of the character. Her nude striptease that starts the film is certainly the highlight but they needed more of these throughout. John Phillip Law isn't all that "good" in the film but there's no question that his angel character is quite memorable. Director Roger Vadim doesn't bring enough life, energy or fire to any of the scenes to really make them work and that's certainly not good when you're dealing with a film like this one. BARBARELLA certainly deserves its label as a camp classic but it's just not entertaining enough to be fully rewarding.
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the most beautiful film ever made
vampiremovies11 August 2003
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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Pop Art
Bucs196025 July 2002
I'm not sure if I liked this film or hated it!! It reminds me of "Danger:Diabolik", that flash trash movie also with John Phillip Law. It is bright and loud and trashy with a little soft porn thrown in for good measure. It does tend to hold your interest throughout, maybe because you can't wait to see what outrageous scene will assault your senses next. And oh, all that phallic symbolism! Roger Vadim certainly exploited Jane Fonda in this one and she would probably like to forget the whole thing....but you've got to admit she doesn't look too bad in that plastic see-through bustier. John Phillip Law, who is a handsome devil(oops, angel), plays the part of the blind angel, Pygar, without emotion or feeling....but he played every character he ever portrayed exactly the same way. He wasn't much of an actor but it works here. This film screams the 60's, so turn on, tune out, plug in your lava lamp and take a look at it. You'll love it or hate it but you are guaranteed to have fun with it. It's the epitome of pop art!
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Pure Candy
kcfireplug16 October 2006
If you're looking for a quality science fantasy experience, you will probably be disappointed in BARBARELLA, which tells a typical story of an intergallactic astronaught who is sent on a mission to save a brilliant scientist from the clutches of an evil force that threatens to destroy the universe.

On her quest she finds daunting foes, unexpected comrades and twists and turns like any good superhero story should have. The only problem is that her world is made up of Christmas lights, cellophane and balsa wood, and it's all held together with scotch tape.

However what some might consider schlock entertainment, I saw it as pure camp all the way, with some hysterical situations and outrageous costumes draped over not-so-difficult-to-look-at actors (especially our babe-o-naught Ms. Fonda), and to top off the cake we have an icing of infectious music by comedic composer Charles Fox (9 to 5, Foul Play) and singer/songwriter Bob Crewe.

This is pure candy all the way so don't expect any nutrition here, but if you let it happen instead of looking for more, you may find yourself inspired to watch it again and again, when you don't feel like using any brain cells in this dimension.
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beastwarsfan9 October 2005
Barbarella is a cult classic, no doubt. The movie is based on Jean-Claude Forest's comics, and if you're familiar with French comics you surely know that they are far more artistic than most of the American ones, full of fantasy and wonder and some pleasing bizarre uniqueness. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis - even just this name is enough to attract my attention, since he's behind quite many of my favourite movies - Flash Gordon, Army of Darkness, Conan The Barbarian, Conan The Destroyer, King Kong... Not to mention the gorgeous Jane Fonda. I just love her in Cat Ballou. And here in Barbarella - oh, she's a real goddess! The perfect combination of innocence and seductiveness! Even after all these years she's still damn hot! We also have aggressive, domineering and voluptuous Black Queen. And for ladies - here goes the blind, nearly naked angel ;) The whole movie itself is full of quite erotic moments. The astronaut suit striptease in the beginning - hell yeah! And Duran Duran's machine... The sets and models are not so impressive from today's point of view, but with a little imagination you can deal with that. And I even find a kind of nostalgic sci-fi beauty in them. There are also scenes with masterfully shot psychedelic pictures of moving colors and fantastic forms - it is worth watching the whole movie even just to see them. The story itself is a little bit naive, but that's a part of the charm of this film - nothing like the good old times. That's why Barbarella really is a Queen of the Galaxy!
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Just What Were They On?
JamesHitchcock6 December 2010
Just what were they on? "Barbarella" is one of those sixties films (the Beatles vehicle "Help!" is another) which, although it makes no explicit references to the decade's drug culture, nevertheless leaves the indelible impression that the director, the scriptwriter, the set designer, the costume designer, the cameramen and most of the cast were under the influence of mind-expanding drugs throughout the entire shooting period.

I first saw the film at university in the early eighties when a student film society organised a screening. Interest in it at that time may have been aroused by the release in 1980 of "Flash Gordon", another ultra-camp science fiction film which was undoubtedly influenced by it, and by the fact that one of the leading British pop groups of the era had called themselves Duran Duran in homage to their origins in a now-defunct Birmingham nightclub called Barbarella's.

The film is based on a French series of comic books, which I must admit I have never read. (Unlike, say, the "Asterix" or "Tintin" series, the Barbarella comics have never had much of a following in Britain). The action takes place in the 40th century. Barbarella, a beautiful young female astronaut, is ordered by the President of Earth to travel to the planet Tau Ceti to find a scientist named Durand Durand, from whom the band took their misspelled name. Durand is the inventor of a weapon known as the Positronic Ray, which the President fears may fall into the wrong hands.

The rest of the film is taken up with Barbarella's increasingly bizarre adventures on Tau Ceti. She goes ice-skiing across the planet's frozen surface, pulled along by an octopus-like creature, is menaced by flesh-eating dolls with razor-sharp teeth, seduces a blind angel (or "ornithanthrope"), meets the predatory lesbian Queen of a decadent city and survives an attempted execution by means of an "orgasmatron", a machine designed to kill by an excess of sexual pleasure. (Barbarella's capacity for sexual pleasure is so great that she blows its circuits). We are not, of course, meant to take any of this seriously; the whole thing is intended as a sort of tongue-in-cheek exercise in high camp surrealism, Salvador Dali meets Edna Everage. The surreal nature of the film is emphasised by the use of psychedelic lighting effects. (The opening song even includes the rhyme "Barbarella Psychedella").

Barbarella is played by Jane Fonda, who at the time was married to the director Roger Vadim, clearly a man with the knack of attracting beautiful women. (He had previously been married to Brigitte Bardot and had been the lover of Catherine Deneuve). I wonder if, when Fonda was taking her wedding vows, she realised that Vadim's interpretation of "for better or for worse" included casting his wife in eccentric films like this one. Her devotion to her wifely duties seems to have been at the expense of her career; she later revealed that her commitment to "Barbarella" meant having to turn down the leading roles in two more serious films, "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Rosemary's Baby". Moreover, many of the heroine's adventures seem to have been designed with the express purpose of showing off Fonda's figure in a series of provocative outfits, leaving her with a lasting "sex kitten" image. This was something she was never comfortable with, especially when she was trying to reinvent herself as a feminist and left-wing activist a few years later.

This is far from being Fonda's best film, yet she is about the only cast member who emerges with any credit from it, playing the heroine as a sort of wide-eyed innocent abroad. John Phillip Law, who plays the ornithanthrope Pygar, is so wooden that I wondered if he was under instructions to play his role with a deliberately deadpan lack of emotion. David Hemmings as the resistance leader Dildano shows us just why his career never really took off in the way it was expected to after his early breakthrough in "Blowup". (Hemmings's costume, looking like a pair of leather Y-fronts, is just as bizarre as anything worn by Fonda). Marcel Marceau shows that his talents as a mime did not extend to acting in spoken roles. Anita Pallenberg, better known for her relationships with several members of the Rolling Stones, was cast as the wicked Queen, but Vadim did not trust her to speak her own lines; the Queen speaks with the unmistakable contralto tones of Joan Greenwood.

"Barbarella" was a failure on its release, both at the box office and with the critics, yet despite the dodgy acting and the nonsensical plot it has since 1968 acquired the status of a cult movie. (Even back in my student days it was regarded as sort of historic artifact). Cults, whether religious or cinematic, can be baffling to everyone except ardent devotees, yet I must confess that I have a soft spot for this surreal relic of the hippie era. It is an ideal film to watch when returning from the pub late at night. Particularly if one is drunk. 6/10
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An angel doesn't "make love". An angel IS love.
Hey_Sweden4 November 2018
In the year 40,000, a stunningly attractive adventurer named Barbarella (Jane Fonda) is assigned by the President of the Republic of Earth (Claude Dauphin) to track down an evil scientist. This scientist has invented a weapon in an era of pacifism in this intergalactic society, and has disappeared into an area dubbed Tau Seti. Barbarella will have many interesting experiences, and encounter a rich variety of characters, such as winged man Pygar (John Phillip Law), a nasty but sultry villainess (Anita Pallenberg), and a sadistic Concierge (Milo O'Shea).

The opening striptease by Jane (with the opening credits moved around to help obscure her nudity) may play a pivotal part in why this is so beloved as a cult classic 50 years later. But in truth, this off the wall science fiction tale is plenty goofy, enough so that the movie does have a real sense of fun going for it. It amps up its sex appeal and its psychedelic qualities to the nth degree, and its production design (by Mario Garbuglia) and cinematography (by Claude Renoir) are first-rate. Along with amusing special effects, this results in a non-stop assortment of futuristic and exotic eye candy. Based on a best-seller by Jean-Claude Forest, the script (bearing contributions by EIGHT credited individuals) contains some endearingly literate but silly dialogue.

Jane is appealing, playing a character who is not all that heroic; she needs saving more than once, and often must rely on the help of others. Her wide-eyed innocence (and that of the likeable hunk Law) is contrasted by the lascivious qualities of the production and the delicious villainy of the characters played by Pallenberg and O'Shea. (Trivia note: a certain 80s rock band took its name from the name of O'Sheas' character.) Memorable contributions are also made by Marcel Marceau, David Hemmings (very funny as a comedy-relief revolutionary), and Ugo Tognazzi.

Complete with a catchy, groovy score and songs (by Charles Fox and Bob Crewe), and Roger Vadim (Janes' husband at the time) directs with great style.

Overall, quite engaging, although clearly not something to be taken seriously.

Seven out of 10.
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Campy fun, but a bit tiresome by the end.
grendelkhan14 September 2003
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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All the plot of a high-budget porn...
Raptor in Black5 March 2003
Really and truly, this could be the plot of one of the more "high-brow" types of porn. I watched this with a bunch of other girls for a class, and we could not stop laughing the entire time.

See Jane Fonda meet men from around the galaxy, and have sex with them! Dare your friends to count how many times she changes her costume!! Sparks deep philosophical discussion, like what exactly the writers were on when they wrote this. Great fun, not to be missed!
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'Camp: so outrageously artificial, affected, inappropriate, or out-of-date as to be considered amusing.'
TxMike13 May 2004
'Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy' is the epitome of 'camp.' The year was 1968, I was in my first year of graduate school, about to get married. I knew of 'Barbarella' but I had never seen it, until today. I think waiting 36 years has actually made the experience better. This is not by any definition a good movie. Jane Fonda, a very bright actress, plays Barbarella suitably as an 'innocent' sent on a mission to a distant galaxy to find the Earthling scientist Durand Durand and bring him back, along with his invention. The story itself is secondary, the charm of the movie resides in all the sexual situations that innocent Barbarella finds herself in. A perfect vehicle for the wild 1960s. The package blurb says 'she acts like a female James Bond.' Hardly. More like a female Austin Powers, and some of the characters would have fit better in a Monty Python movie.

The DVD is fine for an old movie, although blemishes are quite evident. What puzzles me is the 'PG' rating listed on the package and the disk. The opening scene, of Barbarella getting out of her space suit in the weightlessness of her spacecraft, clearly shows her breasts, and her nude butt. Very nice breasts and butt, at that, nonetheless inconsistent with a 'PG' rating. Plus many other scenes in the movie show groups of men and women in alluring positions, again with some obvious female nudity. So anyone who plans to view this movie with those under 18 should be aware of this. For an adult audience, it should not be an issue at all.

May 2013 update: It is now on Netflix streaming movies, with a rating of "R", and comes across very well.
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Enjoyed this film every second of it.
swedzin9 September 2011
According to my summary... you obviously tought that I have watched it in a porn-like manner. No! Actually, this lovely baby is one cool film! Based up comic book from 1962 and it's really faithful to it, and I am glad because of it. The plot is concentrated on adventures of young sexy heroine Barbarella (Jane Fonda) and her mission to planet Lythion, in the city of Sogo to find a dangerous scientist. I think that Roger Vadim is using a classic luxury from the "space opera" for those grotesque and travesty like situations (for example... cannibal dolls! Cool!) There's constantly this erotic charge in Jane Fonda, which is half-naked or in sexy clothes through entire film. But sometimes there's just too much grotesque on expense of SF components. I think that Vadim did it on purpose and he gave us one rare SF comedy in 60s. But, the entire stuff is too silly. Like you are watching "Rocky Horror Show". Fonda is a great actress, not just sexy, John Philip Law as Pygar, he was great! Anita Pallenberg (Great Tyrant), an exotic sexy rival to Fonda, Milo O'Shea and Marcel Marceau were also great and to mention David Hemmings. A highly recommended must see film. Watch it!
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Fles24 February 2008
Very much a film of its age, this film is relentless, unmitigable shite from beginning to end, and yet it is a delight to watch.

It will particularly appeal to anyone who thought the special effects in the original Flash Gordon TV series were over the top.

The plot-holes are gargantuan, the continuity errors are abysmal, most of the story is absolute nonsense and yet this film is an absolute pleasure to watch. The fantastic excuses used to divest Jane Fonda of various pieces of her costume will have you choking into your popcorn.

The seventies' view of a future of decadence is a breath of fresh air and the idea of absolute, insane evil is camped up to the max. You'll either love it, loathe it, or do both simultaneously.
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Space out with Jane Fonda.
BA_Harrison10 April 2020
Before she got herself a bad haircut and angered many with her political activism, Jane Fonda was a 'sex kitten', appearing in her then-husband Roger Vadim's sci-fi fantasy adaptation of saucy French comic-book Barbarella. Opening with a revealing zero-gravity striptease, and sporting a variety of alluring outfits throughout, Fonda endures a series of silly psychedelic sexcapades as the titular space-babe, in a kitschy adventure that delivers loads of groovy visuals and plenty of titillation.

Tasked with preventing evil scientist Durand-Durand (Milo O'Shea) from conquering Earth with his deadly positronic ray, Barbarella pilots her fur-lined spacecraft to Tau Ceti, the scientist's last known location. Upon leaving her ship, she is attacked by a gang of child twins and their mechanical, silver-fanged dolls. Fortunately, the 'Catchman' Mark Hand (Ugo Tognazzi) comes to her rescue, the lovely lady showing her gratitude by having sex with the lucky guy (who takes off his Wookie costume to reveal that he is just as hairy underneath).

Barbarella then makes her way to the labyrinth that surrounds the city of Sogo, which is ruled over by The Great Tyrant (Anita Pallenberg). There she meets a blind 'angel' called Pygar (John Philip Law), who flies her to Sogo (after having sex with her in his nest), the city that taste forgot, where she has a run in with the tyrant, is almost killed by budgerigars, meets revolutionary Dildano (David Hemmings), who she has sex with, and finally meets Durand-Durand, who tries to kill her with pleasure by strapping her into his 'Orgasmatron'. Of course, the machine can't handle Barabarella's libido and catches fire. As Sogo burns, Barbarella escapes with Pygar and the Tyrant, leaving the mad scientist to face the Matmos, the lake of slime beneath the city that thrives on evil.

This free-wheeling plot is pure nonsense, serving only to move our heroine from one erotic encounter to another, but the film's impressively gaudy visuals and Fonda's appeal - an irresistible combination of wide-eyed innocence and scorching sexuality - makes the film a tacky, tantalising delight to behold.
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Unseeable, yet somehow unmissable
OLAF2112 October 1999
I have to say this movie is bad, it has basically no plot, no continuity, no acting and most of all no directing. Once we have cleared this, I saw it about ten times! Which goes to say it has something. First, it has a sculptural Jane Fonda in a space bikini, a sight no man can withhold and ignore. Then, it has a terribly "vieux" look, which renders it just unmissable for anyone who loves a lavalamp to represent space. Yes, there is that, and much more. Tongue-in-cheek inuendos ("she blew up the orgasmachine", a terrible torture apparel...), senseless scenes and young actors long since gone, this movie is an utter failing that must be seen and enjoyed. Talk about the magic of movies!
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Colorful Sci-Fi with psychedelic photography , bemusing situations and fun scenes
ma-cortes25 March 2013
Comic Strip brought appropriately to life . Tremendous fun, amusing scenes , psychedelic frames and many other things . In the far future, the year is 40,000. The protagonist is a highly sexual woman named Barbarella (Jane Fonda , Sophia Loren turned down the title role) is tasked with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand (character famously inspired the band name of 1980s pop stars Duran Duran), a missing scientist (Milo O'Shea). Along the quite sexy way she encounters various unusual people . As Barbarella (whose costume was inspired by designer Paco Rabanne) travels to the evil city called SoGo, it is a reference to Biblical cities Sodom and Gomorrah. On her dangerous trip she teams with blind angel Pygar (John Philip Law), and fights the Great Tyrant (Anita Pallenberg) along with numerous sexual torture devices , but she has to save the world .

Naif Sci-Fi plenty of colors , thrills , brilliant cinematography by Claude Renoir and fantastic images ; surprisingly, for such a diverse melange, it actually works. Knowingly Camp version of comic-book sci-Fi classic written by Jean Claude Forest . In the original comic, Barbarella was not a secret agent but an outlaw, and the movie omits some of the adventures she had on Lythion, including an encounter with an earlier villainess called the Gorgon, whose face changed into a duplicate of the face of anyone who looked at her. Unlike the other space movies of the time, this film emphasized sets and costumes rather than visual effects, and as a result its overall look dates less than many space operas of the late seventies/early eighties .Jane Fonda is simply unbelievable as gorgeous heroine , she plays a feisty Barbarella , a futuristic girl from Earth . The scenes during the opening credits where Barbarella seems to float around her spaceship were filmed by having Jane Fonda lie on a huge piece of plexiglas with a picture of the spaceship underneath her. It was then filmed from above, creating the illusion that she is in zero gravity. Performance-wise, everyone seems to be camping it up like an end-of-term pantomime, though Milo O'Shea somehow seems to give his villain a deliciously style . Barbarella was the first science fiction hero from the comics to be adapted into a feature film as opposed to a serial , Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, her male predecessors, had only appeared in serials up to this point. A bit later on , there was realized by Mike Hodges ¨Flash Gordon¨ (1980) in similar aesthetic and a TV series titled ¨Buck Rogers¨ . Jolly and catching musical score , including commercial songs , by Charles Fox, who co-wrote the songs for this film, also wrote the theme song for another Sci/Fi flick of 1968, The Green Slime, and future Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour was one of the session musicians who performed the film's original score. The motion picture was originally directed by Roger Vadim who married Brigitte Bardot , in fact , the original author Jean-Claude Forest based the character of Barbarella on Brigitte Bardot - who ironically was director Roger Vadim's previous wife ; Vadim subsequently married Jane Fonda . However this film is listed among The 100 Most Amusingly Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award .
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Meet Jane Fonda: Space-Kitten
xyzkozak2 January 2015
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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Beyond imagination
Gaub9 March 2003
This is a movie you have to see, or you will not believe it. Categories like "good" or "bad" simply do not exist in the aesthetic limbo in which this film was made. I should mention I saw Barbarella in a movie theatre in Montreal, and there is no other city in the world where Barbarella's "parlez-vous français?" (uttered twice!) sounds more hilarious.
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Incomparable experience
jassenjj15 April 2020
This movie goes beyond any possible expectation of absurdity, deliverying joy that is hard to describe. 10 minutes before the end I had shortness of breath... I guess any psychedelic support would enhance the effects immensely.
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Mad fun
stevejenkinsss12 April 2020
This is zany space opera at its best. The film embodies the spirit and fashion of the late sixties combined with comic strip craziness. A cult film. It's a visual gem and great fun . Who needs acid with this ! Enjoy !
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Funny, refreshing, guilty pleasure!
benoit-lamblin10 April 2020
Surprisingly funny, I find it very feminist but I might be totally wrong there, I am just a stupid man...
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a moment when beautiful young girls could be beautiful young girls
christopher-underwood16 January 2020
Of course it is silly but after a rather dull patch some 30 minutes in we are off on a splendidly colourful and quite delightful flight of fancy with wonderful sets and glowing, swirling colours. Insignificant, of course, and yet it is good to have some souvenir from that period of the sixties when all became so psychedelic and LSD influenced. For a couple of years everything seemed to have an hypnotic swirl of crazy colours and we now look back with wonder at some of the dresses, shoes and advertising. Well, here it all is, non stop plus that free love element, a moment when beautiful young girls could be beautiful young girls and nobody (well, hardly anyone) complained. The now 'responsible' and prissy seeming Jane Fonda just has to glance back at this now and again and be so pleased that someone caught her so beautifully in her heyday.
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Barbarella Psychedelica!
abbatevittorio3 January 2020
First off, let me say this movie is also a italian production, and i'm italian. This movie infact actually have two of the greatest italian actors, Ugo Tognazzi (also a great comedian, chef and director) and David Hemmings. Why David Hemmings? Is not the guy from the Gladiator? Yes, but in Italy we know him because he made the movie Gigolo and he worked with Antonioni (Blow-Up, a masterpiece of the 60's) and Dario Argento (Deep Red, did you remember that, with that scary soundtrack by the Goblins?)

The director here is the always great Roger Vadim (in USA we know him for his role in the John Landis extravaganza Into the Night) and in the cast we find his wife at the time Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law and Hemmings himself. Also this movie is a cult because he gave us the name of one of the most great band of the 80s: The Duran Duran!

This movie is a masterpiece and if Vadim didn't shot it em today we don't have The Wild Boys! Wild Boys, Wild Boys, Wild Boys!
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