BarbarellaDirector: Roger Vadim
A voluptuous outer space agent travels to another galaxy in search of a missing inventor in this science fiction send-up. Barbarella (Jane Fonda), an interstellar representative of the united Earth government in the 41st century, is dispatched to locate scientist Durand Durand, whose positronic ray, if not recovered, could signal the end of humanity. Outfitted in an array of stunning Star Trek/Bond girl outfits and cruising around in a plush, psychedelic spaceship, Barbarella travels to the Tau Seti system and promptly crash-lands. She then spends the rest of the film discovering the joys of interstellar sex with a keeper of feral children (Ugo Tognazzi), a blind, beatific angel (John Phillip Law), and an inept revolutionary named Dildano (David Hemmings). Slowly but surely, she also finds her way to Durand Durand by moving from one exotic, Wizard of Oz-style locale to another. Along the way, she meets the kindly Professor Ping (a surprisingly verbal Marcel Marceau), a Eurotrash dominatrix named the Great Tyrant (Rolling Stones gal pal Anita Pallenberg), and the Concierge (Milo O'Shea), a strangely familiar lackey of the Great Tyrant who tries to destroy Barbarella with his great big organ of love. Jean-Claude Forest, who created the character Barbarella in 1962 for V-Magazine, served as visual advisor on the adaptation. The film's missing scientist character famously inspired the band name of '80s pop stars Duran Duran (who altered the spelling slightly). Almost two decades later, the film also inspired electronic act Matmos, which was named after the aqueous personification of evil unleashed by the Concierge at the movie's climax.
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Cast & Crew
|John Phillip Law||Pygar|
|Anita Pallenberg||Black Queen|
|Milo O'Shea||Durand-Durand, The Concierge|
|Joan Greenwood||The Great Tyrant [uncredited]|
|Maria Theresa Orsini||Suicide Girl (uncredited)|
|Marie Therese Chevallier||Glossina|
|Marcel Marceau||Prof. Ping|
|Talitha Pol||Pipe-smoking girl|
|Antonio Sabato||Jean-Paul (uncredited)|
|Ugo Tognazzi||Mark Hand|
|Claude Dauphin||President of Earth|
|Veronique Vendell||Captain Moon|
|Serge Marquand||Captain Sun|
|Bob Crewe||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Dino de Laurentiis||Producer|
|Enrico Fea||Art Director|
|Jacques Fonteray||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Charles Fox||Score Composer|
|Mario Garbuglia||Production Designer|
|David Hildyard||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Carlo Lastricati||Asst. Director|
|Clement Biddle Wood||Screenwriter|
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I first saw this as a theatrical release when I was 16. I had the album and wore it out-great soundtrack. Tell me if I'm wrong, are some of the more risque scenes altered or cut? I thought Ms. Fonda was a lot more nude in the original. Rumor has it she had it done to protect her more recent image. It is still a wonderfully fun adult-themed movie. Pure joy.
Barbarella, is simply a campy vehicle for spouting about the 60's more than anything else. With its psychedelic rock score, it's hallucinogenic surrealism, and it's sexually charged plot line, not to mention utter silliness, it does fulfill its purpose of getting Jane Fonda naked, but folks, make no mistake about it, this is truly awful cinema.
This movie is entertaining. It is based on a comic or scifi book and I think it has that comic feel. There is a costume change every ten minutes and they are some awesome costumes. This movie is not a serious film and is perfect for those underground/B movie fans!
"An angel has no memory..." is worth the whole movie. Forgiveness? And the music during the aerial battle scence is really fun. But nothing surpasses the machine-attempt to overload Barbarella, and Anita Pallenberg's try too. Puritans in sheep's clothing may say it's bad, but we know it's a young boy's wet dream on film. It was originally a funny-paper CARTOON, and you can do anything in a cartoon. Some lack of tolerance should be ignored by freethinkers.
I remember the first time I saw this movie when I was about 13 years old - maybe younger (I know, I was a little young, but their wasn't anything in the movie I couldn't figure out). I am an major fan of sci-fi (particularly Dr.Who) and I remembered how awsome the music in this movie was. I reason why I like it so much, other then the fact that it had good music and had an awsome storyline, is that it moves around alot and you see alot of the area where Barbarella moves around in. I miss seeing this movie (I went looking for it in the rental store and couldn't find it). But I still remember how great it was.
This DVD would better serve as a drink coaster, folks.....it's that bad.
I have been trying to see this movie for ages, since I have a love for cheesy grade B type flicks. (Yes, I do own Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, and I do know the theme song by heart!) I was laughing so hard at the barely disguised sexual inuedo throughout the entire movie, and loved the costuming- where else can a girl get a new outfit every ten minutes? And the love organ? I want one of those!