Barbarella

Film , Science fiction
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Barbarella

Vadim kicks off his adaptation of Jean-Claude Forest's 'adult' comic strip by stripping Fonda starkers. From there on it's typically vacuous titillation as Barbarella takes off for the mysterious planet Sorgo in 40,000 AD, there to survive attack by perambulating dolls with vampire fangs, receive her sexual initiation from a hairy primitive, fall in love with a blind angel, be whisked off to an alarming Lesbian encounter with the tyrannical Black Queen, etc. But Terry Southern's dialogue occasionally sparkles, and the imaginative designs, as shot by Claude Renoir, look really splendid.

Release details

Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roger Vadim
Screenwriter: Terry Southern, Roger Vadim
Cast: Jane Fonda
John Phillip Law
Anita Pallenberg
Milo O'Shea
David Hemmings
Claude Dauphin
Marcel Marceau
Ugo Tognazzi

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Anaelle
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At the very beginning of the movie, Jane Fonda is chosen to save all of space from a looming evil and at that point she’s already naked…


Barbarella then gets in all kind of troubles (remember Earth has been at peace for centuries, hence why she’s probably bad at her job) and everyone she encounters wants to kill and/or have sex with her (we’re in the 60s after all). Extra kinky, this movie is also incredibly kitsch, camp and cheesy. A weird piece but that will weirdly captivate and entertain you with its psychedelic soundtrack, pop-art visuals and inherent cheerfulness. A must watch cult-classic.