Directed by Roger Vadim "Barbarella" is a classic science fiction movie that is based upon a popular French comic book of the same name. The namesake character of Barbarella in the film which is set in the distant future is played by Jane Fonda. The movie was produced by Dino De Laurentiis. While "Barbarella" is an exciting science fiction film with interesting special effects it also maintains a sense of humor. Campy background scenes and humorous dialogue are accentuated by a dynamic soundtrack.
This movie's unusual approach to the science fiction genre opened the doors for other filmmakers to create experimental types of science fiction films.
In the movie Barbarella is on a mission from Earth to rescue a doctor from another planet and experiences a host of adventures along the way. She is very attractive and she enjoys being intimate with people she encounters in outer space. It is imperative that Barbarella rescue the doctor because a ray that he built must be recovered before harm can be done.
Through her efforts to find and save the doctor Barbarella encounters the Great Tyrant who is the ruler of the evil city of Sogo. At one point Barbarella has to be rescued from Sogo and the wrath of the Great Tyrant.
The film "Barbarella" is loaded with intergalactic action and futuristic weapons, clothing and spaceships. It also features Barbarella engaging in an intimate relationship with a blind angel among other people.
With her long flowing reddish-brown hair and provocative outfits Barbarella is a stylish space traveler. Throughout the film Barbarella wears a multitude of outfits each of which is fairly revealing. Some of the outfits are actually quite revealing which is one reason why this movie is geared toward adults not children.
In addition to Jane Fonda "Barbarella" starred Anita Pallenberg, Claude Dauphin, Ugo Tognazzi, John Phillip Law, Veronique Vendell and David Hemmings.
Although the film "Barbarella" was made in the late 1960s it has become a cult classic and is still very popular today.
- Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, David Hemmings, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O'Shea
- Universal Pictures
- Roger Vadim
- French & English versions shot simultaneously