Barbarella

Barbarella

DVD - 1999
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An erotic science fiction fantasy in which a female adventurer travels through space vanquishing evil in the forms of robots and monsters and rewarding the men who assist her.

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h2co3 Jul 04, 2015

Aside fro Ms Fonda's zero-gravity strip tease behind the opening credits, there isn't a frame of entertainment in this silliness.

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Derringer
Apr 22, 2015

Yep. Just the sight of the sweet, young, sex-kitten, Jane Fonda, doing a "zero-gravity" striptease during Barbarella's opening credits is surely enough for any hot-blooded male (providing he's not gay) to easily forgive anything else that later takes place in this weird, wacky, and out-of-this-world Sex Farce from 1968.

When space-kitten, Barbarella (our heroine-astronaut 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 loveliest, young 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.

- A semi-clad group of hot, young babes smoking a giant hookah pipe which, via a poor, male victim imprisoned inside its huge glass globe, dispenses, not opium smoke, but the pure essence of man.

Believe me, Barbarella is one wild, Sci-Fi sex farce that really seems to be one of those films that stands out (in all of its zany audacity) on its very own.

One can't help but be tickled pink, and even purple, by the cheesiest special effects imaginable - As well as by the various ways which were found to tear off what few clothes our heroine, Barbarella, already had on.

Barbarella was directed by Fonda's then-husband, Roger Vadim, who had also been married previously to the sultry actress, Brigitte Bardot.

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fernkes813
Feb 10, 2015

I saw this in Paris in the early 70s. Back then, it was sort of fun to watch but tastes have changed and it doesn't have the same appeal today. One novelty was to see and HEAR Marcel Marceau as Professor Ping.

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Onewhoissaved
Oct 19, 2013

A young and very sexy Jane Fonda was willing to show her breasts and flit across the room while we goggled. The movie itself just plain sucks!

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vc0222
Nov 22, 2012

As a movie made almost half a century ago, this Sci-Fi, without computer graphics of course, was outstanding in its time. It is still OK to watch. Not for the children.

aaa5756 Nov 17, 2012

This wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, it is far from being good. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Nov 12, 2012

Zowie!!! Welcome to the 41st Century!

Released in 1968 - Space-beauty, Barbarella, in her seductively scant space-wardrobe, is probably the very first Super Heroine, to my knowledge, to ever grace the silver screen. Not only did Barbarella have some fabulous swerves and curves to view, but she also packed a mighty mean, little ray-gun, as well.

At 25, the voluptuous Jane Fonda sure made for one ideal Barbarella "Barbie doll". She sure did. Who cared one bit that Fonda couldn't act worth a damn. It was all about looks here.
In a cosmic-nutshell, Barbarella was mainly just super "soft-core" sexual situations. A number of Barbarella's sex-capades were actually quite interesting and worthwhile to watch. The rest were downright idiotic.

With some real rinky-dinky special effects, to boot, Barbarella never, ever really had much of a chance to rise above mediocrity. And, with that, its intended eroticism would never be elevated to anything that even vaguely resembled that of "Art".

*Trivia note* - Barbarella was originally a comic-strip heroine, regularly featured in V Magazine (that's "V" for vagina) during the early 1960s. Its creator was Jean-Claude Forest.

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ausnos
Apr 05, 2012

Oh, this one is such a classic and one of my favorite retro sc-fi camp! Jane Fonda is awesome but the actress that plays "The Tyrant" steals the show! Sexy, corny and funny all rolled into one!

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Monolith
Apr 01, 2012

1968 Dino De Laurentiis (figures) French/Italian camp classic, directed by Roger Vadim, Jane Fonda's husband at that time. A sci-fi/erotic farce set in the year 40,000, Barbarella, our heroine, is recruited by the Earth's President to pursue the evil villain "Durand Durand" ('80's British pop group's namesake) and his Positronic Ray. Needless to say, she rewards her male saviors (including one named "Dildano" - use your imagination) with her 'feminine charms' along the way. Earth is all about peace (well, it WAS the late sixties), and sex is more efficient in pill form. A spaceship with orange shag carpet interior. Attacking parakeets and razor toothed dolls. Full of 'groovy' music and special effects that are basically psychedelic blobs of oil and lava lamps. Between Jane in this gem, and her brother Peter in "Easy Rider" the following year, their old man (the late actor Henry Fonda) must've been REAL PROUD... LOL

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Rhonwyn
Oct 25, 2010

Rather disturbing but amusing the number of ways they manage to part her from her clothes. High camp at its finest.

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laustcawz Sep 19, 2013

Barbarella (while being attacked by vicious birds inside a glass/plastic cage): "This is really much too poetic a way to die!"

aaa5756 Nov 17, 2012

Hanoi Jane alias Jane Fonda looked very good in this movie____although she probably was in her 20s during the filming of this movie.

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Monolith
Apr 01, 2012

Barbarella (standing naked in front of the videophone, talking with the President): "Just a minute, I'll slip something on." President: "Don't trouble yourself. This is an affair of state."

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Monolith
Apr 01, 2012

Barbarella (to Mark Hand, who's speaking a foreign language): "...I better adjust my tongue box..."

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Monolith
Apr 01, 2012

Barbarella (to Mark Hand): "Make love? But no one's done that for hundreds of centuries!"

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Monolith
Apr 01, 2012

Barbarella: "What's that screaming? A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming..."

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Monolith
Apr 01, 2012

The Great Tyrant: "Hello, pretty pretty." Barbarella: "Hello..." The Great Tyrant: "Do you want to come and play with me? For someone like you I charge nothing. You're very pretty, Pretty-Pretty." Barbarella: "My name isn't pretty-pretty, it's Barbarella."

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Monolith
Apr 01, 2012

The Great Tyrant: "Tell me, my fancy, fuzzy freak: What do you think of, when you make love to Barbarella?" Pygar: " 'Make' love? I do not understand." The Great Tyrant: "Don't be coy with me, you are in no position. If only you had one eye in your head you could see what a delight I am, my face, my body, all my parts are a delight. An exquisite delight." Pygar: "What is it you want?" The Great Tyrant: "I shall share my delights with you. You shall make love to me." Pygar: "An angel doesn't 'make' love. An angel IS love." The Great Tyrant: "Then you're a dead duck. - Guards! To the Mathmos with this winged fruitcake."

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Monolith
Apr 01, 2012

The Great Tyrant (to Barbarella): "The Mathmos has created this bubble to protect itself from your innocence... ...You are so good you made the Mathmos vomit!"

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ausnos
Apr 05, 2012

Sexual Content: Some hetero as well as lesbian (attempted) implied sex scenes.

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ausnos
Apr 05, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Evil dolls with scary teeth!

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ausnos
Apr 05, 2012

ausnos thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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