"I'll do things to you that are beyond all known philosophies. Wait untill I get my devices!"
- Duran Duran (Milo O'Shea) to Barbarella (Jane Fonda).
Entertainment Weekly - 07/06/2012
"Over the years, the futuristic fantasia has become a camp classic....BARBARELLA remains one of the grooviest-looking films you'll ever lay your eyes on..." -- Grade: B
Total Film - 08/01/2012 4 stars out of 5 -- "Roger Vadim's ultra-kitsch sci-fi classic somehow improves with age....Its dreamy innocence is timeless."
In this notorious film version of the popular French comic strip by Jean-Claude Forest, Jane Fonda plays a sexy yet innocent space-age heroine in the year 40,000 A.D. who never gets herself into a situation that requires too much clothing. BARBARELLA opens with the titular heroine stripping down to nothing in zero gravity among strategically placed credits. From there Barbarella embarks on a mission to find a peace-threatening young scientist named Duran Duran (Milo O'Shea) by order of the president of Earth. En route, she's attacked by killer dolls, is strapped into a contraption known as the Excessive Machine, and falls in love with a blind angel.
Remaining true to its comic book origins, Barbarella's adventure unfolds in a series of dramatic difficulties and unlikely solutions, making for a galloping pace and never-ending opportunities for Mario Garbuglia's hallucinatory set design to dazzle. With guest appearances by 1960s icons Anita Pallenberg, Marcel Marceau, and David Hemmings, and featuring dialogue by novelist Terry Southern, among others, BARBARELLA is not only a comic sci-fi sex romp but also a sly, tongue-in-cheek portrait of the legendary debauchery of that era.
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Theatrical release: October 10, 1968.
The 1980s rock group Duran Duran took their name from the eponymous villain in BARBARELLA.
Interestingly enough, Fonda was married to director Roger Vadim at the time of production.