Barbarella

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
A coy European sex comedy with space-opera trappings and an American accent, this frothy Roger Vadim/Jane Fonda collaboration reads like a grown-up, sci-fi update of Alice in Wonderland. Although it often pops up on "Worst Movies Ever" lists, it's actually something of a treat if one approaches it with the right attitude. From the eye-popping plasticity of the production design to the gentle grooviness of the Bob Crewe Generation's campy lounge soundtrack, Barbarella is a defiantly trivial film. But Fonda's studied vacuity, Anita Pallenberg's kinky glamour, and John Phillip Law's bronzed pecs and hippie truisms keep things sexy, sweet, and funny. Fonda has spent more than three decades trying to live down the zero-gee peep show that opens the film, but besides a few bare breasts and countless double entendres, nothing here crosses the line between erotic comedy and pornography. (In fact, the MPAA bizarrely let the film off with a mere PG.) The gender roles aren't particularly progressive, especially given the running gag about Barbarella getting her first few tastes of physical copulation after a lifetime of "advanced" virtual sex. But unless you're a humorless dogmatist, a puritan, or a holdover from the anti-"Hanoi Jane" school of patriotism, it's hard to be anything but amused and entertained by this campy classic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/3/2012
  • UPC: 097361466446
  • Original Release: 1968
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 20,069

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Fonda Barbarella
John Phillip Law Pygar
Anita Pallenberg Black Queen
Milo O'Shea Concierge, Durand-Durand, The Concierge
David Hemmings Dildano
Joan Greenwood Voice Only
Maria Theresa Orsini Suicide Girl (uncredited)
Catherine Chevallier Stomoxys
Marie Therese Chevallier Glossina
Marcel Marceau Prof. Ping
Talitha Pol Pipe-smoking girl
Antonio Sabato Jean-Paul (uncredited)
Ugo Tognazzi Mark Hand
Franco Gula
Giancarlo Cobelli
Claude Dauphin President of Earth
Umberto DiGrazia
Serge Marquand Captain Sun
Nino Musco
Veronique Vendell Captain Moon
Charles Fox Conductor
Technical Credits
Roger Vadim Director, Screenwriter
Vittori Bonicelli Screenwriter
Claude Brule Screenwriter
Bob Crewe Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Brian Degas Screenwriter
Enrico Fea Art Director
Jacques Fonteray Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Claude Forest Screenwriter
Charles Fox Score Composer
Mario Garbuglia Production Designer
Tudor Gates Screenwriter
David Hildyard Sound/Sound Designer
Carlo Lastricati Asst. Director
Victoria Mercanton Editor
Claude Renoir Cinematographer
Terry Southern Screenwriter
Clement Biddle Wood Screenwriter
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    So Funny!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A lot of drugs were done while making this movie....

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ah, to break the machine!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

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    "An angel has no memory..." is worth the whole movie.

    "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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unbelievably Bad!!

    This DVD would better serve as a drink coaster, folks.....it's that bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Laughing so hard!

    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!

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