Barbarella, also known as Barbarella, Queen of the Galaxy is a 1968 erotic science fiction film, based on the French Barbarella comic book created by Jean-Claude Forest.
Barbarella is famous for a sequence in which the title character, played by Jane Fonda, undresses in zero gravity during (and inadequately concealed by) the opening credits.
Barbarella is one of the few science fiction erotica films that includes an erotic torture device.
The whole film is played in a very tongue-in-cheek mannerÂ—especially when it comes to the frequent (but non-explicit) sex scenes. To modern viewers, the film's special effects look cheaply-made and unconvincing, but they were ambitious by the standards of the day.
The film was simultaneously shot in French and English. In the French version, Fonda performs her own lines in French. In the English version, the character Pallenberg's lines are dubbed by Fenella Fielding, at least according to the region2 DVD booklet notes, although others have claimed that the voice actually belongs to Joan Greenwood. Marcel Marceau's lines are also dubbed into English.
De Laurentiis returned to camp science fiction (but with far less erotica) with 1980's Flash Gordon.
The film was both a box office and critical failure. "Variety" claimed that "Despite a certain amount of production dash and polish and a few silly-funny lines of dialog, Barbarella isn't very much of a film. Based on what has been called an adult comic strip [by Jean Claude Forest], the Dino De Laurentiis production is flawed with a cast that is not particularly adept at comedy, a flat script, and direction which can't get this beached whale afloat." Another major critic at the time claimed the film was a "mix of poor special effects and the Marquis de Sade" However, it has gained a cult following since its re-release in 1977 on home video, and has had considerable influence on pop culture in the decades following its original release.
The film got a quick rerelease in 1971 but still bombed.
This is a quick video trailer for the movie.
This is a shorter trailer for the movie.