|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 #9. Posted on July 19, 2000, 05:57:31 AM by esther
I simply adore the movie, haven't even found "essence of men" in an amsterdam coffeeshop. Desperatly looking for the soundtrack. Want to mary in a cow-suit with an even longer tail. I wouldn't mind playing with the one-eyed witch.
Reply #10. Posted on July 21, 2000, 05:19:49 AM by Big Dog
Fact 1: movie is campy, cheap looking, and has a weak plot
Fact 2: Regardless of what you may think of Jane politically, she looks great in this film. Great body, killer eyes, and a sexy as hell kind of bumbling innocence.
Leave your brain in another room, watch the movie, and have fun with it. It's a cult classic.
Reply #11. Posted on August 09, 2000, 06:10:38 PM by Jean
I saw the movie when I was a little kid and was traumatized by the robot dolls....
Reply #12. Posted on September 04, 2000, 01:03:49 PM by Captain Syrup
This film absolutly ROCKS! Genre Sci-Fi/Erotica (yeah, sounds impossible), the budget appears to be less than a Grand, the acting is terrible but the film is great, seriosly. Oh yeah, I saw it on TV recently (I live in the U.K.) and it is now rated 15+
Reply #13. Posted on September 13, 2000, 02:22:49 PM by Jennifer
I am 99% sure that the villian's name in the movie is actually Durand Durand. Duran Duran DID take their name from this film (they have been quoted numerous times over the years stating this) but left off the extra d's.
I will have to go home and check the credits to be 100% postive about the name, but just wanted to make this mention!
Reply #14. Posted on September 21, 2000, 02:41:33 AM by Siskel
Just so you know, Barbarella isn't supposed to make any sense. It's full of gratuitous shots of Jane Fonda being the universe whore. Just enjoy a movie for what it's worth every once and a while. Just like someone can love Back to the future (I admit it) you can love barbarella.
Reply #15. Posted on October 11, 2000, 07:36:02 PM by
D00d I've seen this movie 50 times and now I'm gay.
You have been warned.
Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Brad Wilkinson
A few (hopefully) interesting facts about this film (which I have grown to love by the way).
It's based on a French Comic book
The Great Tyrant is played by Anita Pallenberg who was Keith Richard's girl friend at the time (She's also in Performance with Mick Jagger). However her voice was dubbed by British actress Fenella Fielding, who British readers will know best as the vamp in Carry On Screaming.
Professor Ping is played by famous French mime artist Marcell Marceau. He also appeared in Mel Brook's Silent Movie, in which he says the only word.
The angel is played by John Philip Law who did several spagetti westerns and David Hemmingway (most recently seen in Gladiator last year) also appears. I'm pretty sure the monster is called the Mathmos (not magmos) and it shares its name with a company that produces lave lamps (although which came first I couldn't tell you). And Jane Fonda apparently now hates the film
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