Sunday, September 1, 2013


1968 French/Italian Feature
Alternate Title: Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy

Cast: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O'Shea, Marcel Marceau, Claude Dauphin, VĂ©ronique Vendell, Ugo Tognazzi and David Hemmings
Director: Roger Vadim
Writer: Terry Southern and Roger Vadim, based on the comic book by Jean-Claude Forest

In the far future, shapely space traveler Barbarella must apprehend the villainous scientist Durand Durand, whose creation threatens to bring evil back to the galaxy.


  • Internet Movie Database: 5.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 74% / Audience: 53%
  • OMG rating: 2/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Jean-Claude Forest created the character of Barbarella for serialization in the French magazine V-Magazine in 1962. In 1964, the comic strips were published as a book, which caused a scandal and became known as the first "adult" comic book despite its eroticism being slight.
  • At the time of making Barbarella, director Roger Vadim and star Jane Fonda were married. The original Barbarella character was based on Brigitte Bardot, who ironically was Vadim's previous wife.
  • Casting Call: Virna Lisi, Sophia Loren and Antonio Sabato.
  • Lobby card stills and set photographs exist showing footage of a seduction scene between Barbarella and the Black Queen on a bed. However this footage has never appeared in any print of the film.
  • A critical and box office failure upon its initial release, Barbarella found a bigger audience when it was re-released with a PG rating.
  • Plans for a sequel with Jane Fonda fell through in the 1970s. Since then, a remake has been in and out of development. A Barbarella TV series is currently being developed.
  • The name of 1980s pop music group Duran Duran was inspired by the name of Dr. Durand Durand in this film. One of their songs is entitled "Electric Barbarella". 
  • Barbarella is listed in The Official Razzie Movie Guide as one of the the "100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made".
  • Ranked #40 on Entertainment Weekly's 2003 list of "The Top 50 Cult Movies".
  • A stage musical adaptation, with a score by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame, had its world premiere in Austria in 2004.

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