Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Barbarella

French/Italian movie (1967). Marianne/De Laurentiis. Pr Dino De Laurentiis. Dir Roger Vadim. Spfx August Lohman. Sp anim fx Gerard Cogan, Thierry Vincens-Fargo. Screenplay Vittorio Bonicelli, Claude Brûle, Brian Degas, Jean-Claude Forest, Tudor Gates, Terry Southern, Vadim, Clement Biddle Wood. Based on the comic strip created by Jean-Claude Forest (1930-1998). Starring Jane Fonda (Barbarella), David Hemmings (Dildano), John Phillip Law (Pigar), Milo O'Shea (Duran Duran), Anita Pallenberg (Black Queen). 98 mins. Colour.

A soft-porn Science Fantasy that, in a Picaresque plot, mixes Sex with an astonishing number of fantasy archetypes. Barbarella must rescue rogue scientist Duran Duran from the Tau Ceti system's evil city Sogo, where the court is run like that in an Arabian Fantasy. Along the way she is tormented by voracious Automata and teams up with, inter alia, a blind, flightless Angel, Pigar, who is later punished by crucifixion. [JG]

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