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Barbarella (1968)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | 10 October 1968 (USA)
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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

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

France | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

American star Jane Fonda and French director Roger Vadim were married when the movie was made and first released. See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits, Barbarella flies around in her spaceship . In a close-up, as she removes her gloves, her reflection appears in the Plexiglas she was lying on to give the illusion of floating. See more »

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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 »

Alternate Versions

Barbarella was released in the USA before the MPAA introduced the motion picture rating system on November 1, 1968. It was consequently released with a tag "Suggested For Mature Audiences". A re-release in 1977 (to cash in on the success of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope) was edited to obtain a "PG" rating and was called "Barbarella: Queen Of The Galaxy". The video version is of the original uncut version and not the "PG" version (despite the subtitle "Queen of the Galaxy" and the "PG" rating on the cover). See more »

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Campy fun, but a bit tiresome by the end.
14 September 2003 | by grendelkhanSee all my reviews

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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