Barbarella – Space Nympho

Barbarella

Some days you wake up and you win the Lottery. Or at least get a whistle in your box of Sugar Smacks™. My winning Lotto™ ticket, in the form of news, comes down the pipe that Drive director Nicolas Refn (never met him) is working with Gaumont International Television on a TV series based on the Jean-Claude Forest comic-book character made famous by the 1968 Jane Fonda film of the same name. In other words…BARBARELLA. Gee to the whiz, I can’t even look at Jane Fonda and not say unto myself, “Wow – that chick totally looks like Barbarella!” 

Someone, and I don’t know who, had this to say about Barbarella: “Originally appearing in a V-Magazine serial in the early 1960s, Barbarella, a young woman who traveled from planet to planet having often-carnal adventures, served as an early symbol for the sexual revolution that would blossom in the ensuing years.”

There was a sexual revolution? Why the heck am I always the last to know? But here’s what I do know about Barbarella

Barbarella

A futuristic nympho takes off her space suit and has sex with anyone who so much as points their pocket rocket at her. Best movie ever.

In the year 40,000, Barbarella, some sort of special agent operative for Earth, is assigned to chase down Doctor Durand Durand and keep him from doing something  bad. Not sure why as I was distracted by all of Barbarella’s clothes changing.

Barbarella

Along the way she meets Pygar, a blind angel with whom she has sex. Then she meets the Catchman, a hunter of the ice, with whom she has sex. Then she meets Dildano (heh), the leader of the resistance, with whom she has sex.

Barbarella

Barbarella is later captured and put in the Excessive Machine, a device designed to pleasure its victims to death. (No, it’s not the Orgasmatron as everyone believes – that was in the sci-fi comedy Sleeper/1973. Do your homework.) She blows the machine’s circuits and seems disappointed when it won’t work anymore. Awesome, and yet typical of women of the past, present and future. Barbarella’s later locked in the Tyrant’s Chamber of Dreams, where the Black Queen lives. It looks suspiciously like the inside of a lava lamp. I’m pretty sure they rubbed each other’s future parts in said lamp of lava.

Barbarella

Heavy psychedelic visuals, kinda like your parent’s version of the future after they’ve taken some goofers. The sex is R-lite, but the free-spirited Barbarella is a joy to behold. Yeah, the sci-fi effects are outlandishly corny with a heavy dose of space hippie, but so what? She keeps taking off her clothes, man. I’ll say it again – best movie ever.

2 Responses to “Barbarella – Space Nympho”

  1. There’s a very girly band named after this movie, they even had a brief MTV show. But then again it might’ve been based on the song… I had no idea the movie was so…one-sided in its plot.

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