Barbarella (1968) Who Nearly Dies of Pleasure?

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Barbarella-1968-Movie-PosterAs the saying goes, “I don’t usually drink beer, but when I do, I choose….” The same can be said with Musing movies reviews. We don’t normally review every bad movie we see, but when we do, watch the sparks fly. Good examples are 2012: Supernova and Piranha. We welcome Barbarella to the list of movies to avoid, even if it was made during the very campy late 1960s. This is cheesy sci-fi at its pinnacle, with spaceship interiors made of shag carpeting, set designs featuring psychedelic images and clear Plexiglas furniture. The only good thing to come out of this mess was the new romantic band Duran Duran, but they would not see their highest success until almost twenty years later.

Jane Fonda plays the lead as the space explorer, Barbarella. She comes from an Earth that is full of the peace and love of the hippie culture, but none of the sexiness that came with it. Considering all the erotic fashion designs Paco Rabanne put her in, it was rather hard to believe how quickly this lady went from virgin to ‘ho.

He mission was to seek out Durand-Durand (Milo O’Shea), a scientist that had gone rogue. Her computer lays in the coordinates of his last known sighting, and then she goes on from there. She lands on a planet filled with creepy kids, is rescued by a lusty, furry fur trapper, which ask her for some Afternoon Delightin return. She complies, and is later taken to a place where she might find Durand-Durand.

Here she falls into a maze filled with the slaves that serve The Great Tyrant (Anita Pallenberg) and her court. One of these servants is Pygar (John Phillip Law), an honest to goodness angel, but he is soon taken in by the lust around him and gets some Barbarella. This innocent redhead becomes the belle of the ball very quickly, and everyone is soon wanting something from her, from sex to experimentation, which Durand-Durand does to test out his musical pleasure machine.

This movie is just weird and bad. It seems more like a fashion show for the 1968 Paco Rabanne collection with some parodied drama added. Even after all these years I still have some problems understanding it. Maybe I should have read the comics, but they were in French. I’m sure some English versions are out there by now. I’ve attempted to watch this movie only three times, and I finally was able to get through all of it. I think my time with Barbarella is done, but I’m still enjoying the Duran Duran music.

I give this film a Musing review of ★★☆☆☆☆