|Copyright 1968 Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica.
| Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'
- Barbarella - Jane Fonda! Ted Turner's little communist is sort of an intergalactic special agent.
- Duran Duran - HEHEHE! (Sorry, his name gives me the giggles, and according to Leonard Maltin that is where the band got it from.) Mad scientist intent on conquering the universe, generally out to cause hate and discontent. Eaten by the Magmous.
- Pygar - Last of the ornithothropes, he's an Angel, literally.
- The Great Tyrant - Attractive and evil ruler of Lythion, she likes the word "pretty."
- Dildano - Inept revolutionary who wishes to overthrow the evil empire, zapped into the fourth dimension.
- Professor Ping - Kind scientist who assists the unfortunates banished into the labyrinth, also zapped.
- Marcan - Barbarian guy in charge of herding wild children (Now that's daycare.), he saves Barbarella from the evil kiddies and introduces her to some old fashioned loving...
- Alfie - The ship's computer.
- The Magmous - A presence which surrounds the city and feeds off evil, it appears to be a huge lava lamp.
|Ho Chi Minh's favorite exercise queen stars in this amazing piece of science fiction, oh yes, Jane Fonda. What really amazes me is the movie's PG rating, considering the fact that Barbarella's antigravity breasts go bouncing through a few scenes sans clothing. (Plus there's another woman hanging from leather straps later on.) Don't try and give me all that, "It was the 60's." crap either. Our heroine is dispatched to prevent a new weapon from destroying the harmony of the known universe. If one thing was threatening harmony it is this movie's soundtrack, I was toturing the cat by humming snippets to it. (Kitty actually fled the room.) After her spaceship crashes things really get weird, she encounters wild children, leather robots, Pygar, the Great Tyrant, and carnivorous parakeets. When Barbarella finally locates Duran Duran (Hehe! Sorry...) the scientist is a madman, seeking to conquer the universe and give her a fatal orgasm. I didn't stutter my friends, he straps the woman into a strange "pleasure organ/piano" thing and plays a tune which should kill her with ecstasy. It doesn't work, Barbarella shorts out the machine and it bursts into flames. Soon after this the Great Tyrant sets free the Magmous and all heck breaks loose, the end. If that wasn't warning enough I'm telling you now: This movie is all over the place and insanely groovy. After the shock of watching Barbarella strip out of her spacesuit in zero gravity (She's obviously laying on plate glass with the camera above her.), I noticed the red shag carpet covering the spaceship's interior top to bottom. For a state of the art spacecraft her ship had some issues, like the acid trip view screen and a disturbing habit of colliding with solid objects, like a planet. Let's not forget this is the future and all the messy pleasure associated with that disgusting habit of sexual intercourse has been overcome, now you just take a pill and hold hands... ...until Barbarella gets her pipes cleaned by Marcan, then she does agree "Wider is..." I mean, "The old ways are better." |
|Things I Learned From This Movie:|| |
- Orange shag carpet is the ultimate in spaceship decor.
- Stingrays are used as draft horses on other worlds.
- Sadistic children scream like a flock of seagulls.
- In the future sexual gratification is achieved by taking a pill and holding hands. (My thoughts exactly...)
- Orchids are not very filling.
- Angels make nests.
- Public suicide chambers need to be clearly marked.
- Parakeets are carnivorous.
- Having some woman smoke me in a bong is the stuff nightmares are made of.
- The world will be swallowed by an evil lava lamp monster.
- 5 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT! (Wait, this is PG?)
- 17 mins - Earth's number one agent was just captured by two eight year old girls.
- 19 mins - These weird kids are feeding her to mechanical dolls.
- 43 mins - It's a flying sundae of death!
- 47 mins - Lady, how exactly do you plan on hiding his wings?
- 64 mins - Should have paid the electric bill Dildano...
- 72 mins - Now that's a password.
- 76 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT!
- 77 mins - Is there a guy in that bong?
- 79 mins - Duran Duran (Hehe!) has her in this weird piano/organ thing, it's sucking her clothes off... ...and, um, doing other things.
- The President of Earth: "What I must tell you is not only grave, it's a secret."
Barbarella: "A secret?"
- Great Tyrant: "I'm also the Great Tyrant."
Barbarella: "Well, that's nice."
| ||Audio clips in wav format||SOUNDS||Starving actors speak out|| |
||Barbarella: "Are you an Angel?" |
Pygar: "I'm Pygar, the last of the ornithothropes."
||Great Tyrant: "You're very pretty pretty pretty." |
Barbarella: "My name isn't Pretty Pretty it's Barbarella."
||Barbarella: "I'm here on the orders of the President of the Republic of Earth. I'm here to find Duran Duran."
|Theme Song|| Listen to a clip from the soundtrack. |
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|Pygar and Barbarella battle evil sundaes, it goes without saying that the enemy were not very well armed. The angel is out of shape and she is using a hand weapon...
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Reply #17. Posted on January 30, 2001, 04:19:25 AM by Josh
Mental note: Sex cures blindness and makes hawkmen fly.
Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Matt
Watching this film for the first time changed my life - it's like a two-hour orgasm.
Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Rat Dog
This movie was really strange. I can't figure the PG rating.
Reply #20. Posted on March 19, 2001, 06:23:40 AM by Dave
I saw Barbarella for the first time last night and I wish I were around in the sixties...nothing in that decade made sense, but the gratuitous breast shots certainly rock. Three cheers for Jane Fonda!!
Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Lady_Ceara
This is the best B movie ever made. I finally got a copy a couple years ago and torture my fiance with it on a regular basis (he hates it). It has everything a great B movie should - bad acting, bad sets, bad clothes, bad plot, bad music, bad script. It does have that 1960's appeal though! Forced my 20 year old son to watch - he kept expecting Austin Powers to appear! LOL
Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by catboat
The first time I saw this movie was with a group of friends on a ski vacation. We all ate magic mushrooms and had the best time, roaring with laughter at this idiotic classic.
It is still one of my all time favorite movies - I just can't tell my kids why I like it so much!
Reply #23. Posted on June 24, 2001, 05:25:01 PM by The Congo Kid
Oh yeah! And squeeze in there at about #2 1/2 the fact that Barbarella makes love to a guy with more chest hair than Chewbacca! GOOD LORD! buy a lawn mower, or something!
Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Frode Brændø
Ok. As a BIG Barbarella-fan I feel I should add a
comment to one thing that is said about this movie on
this site: The lake on which the evil city is build upon
is called "The Mathmos" and not the "The Magmous". This
is important due to the fact that Mathmos is a british
manufacturer of lava-lamps and has been so since the
sixties. This fact makes the evil lake of "The Mathmos"
in Barbarella an early and very original way of placing
a product in a movie. Wouldn't it be cooler if Lara Croft
in the Tomb Raider-movie didn't use an Ericson-cellphone,
but rather Ericson was some mystical device that transmitted evil radiowaves corrupting the minds of the
entire planet or something? Now that would be cool
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