Barbarella (1968)

Italy, France (“a Franco-Italo coproduction”),
35mm film, “filmed in Panavision”, Technicolor
mono (Westrex), English

An Italian/French science fiction film directed by Roger Vadim.

Plot Summary

In the year 40,000 special agent Barbarella is sent by the President of Earth to deal with mad scientist Duran Duran who is threatening a millennia old peace. Barbarella sets off on her quest to find Duran Duran and along the way has many adventures and sexual encounters.


Directed by: Roger Vadim
© 1968 Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica S.p.A Rome
A Dino de Laurentiis production. A Franco-Italo coproduction by Marianne Productions S.A. – Paris, Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, S.p.A. – Rome
Produced by: Dino De Laurentiis
Production Supervisor: Guy Luongo
Screenplay by: Terry Southern and Roger Vadim
In Collaboration With: Claude Brule, Vittorio Bonicelli, Clement Biddle Wood, Brian Degas, Tudor Gates, Jean Claude Forest
From the Best Seller Barbarella by: Jean Claude Forest
Published by: Le Terrain Vague
2nd Unit Director: Alberto Cardone
1st Assistant Director: Carlo Lastricati
Script Continuity: Suzanne Durramberger
Director of Photography: Claude Renoir
2nd Unit Cameraman: Vladimir Ivanov
Editor: Victoria Mercanton
Laboratories: Franay, L.T.C. – Saint Cloud
Lyrics and Music by: Bob Crewe and Charles Fox
Performed by: The Bob Crewe Generation Orchestra
Conducted by: Charles Fox
Supervised by: Bob Crewe
Songs Sung by The Glitterhouse
Sound Engineers: David Hildyard
Reeves Sound Studios New York
Costumes by: Jacques Fonteray
In the final sequence Barbarella's costume is inspired by ideas of Paco Rabanne
Wardrobe Supervisor: Gloria Mussetta
Costume House: Sartoria Farani, Rome
Wigs by: Maggi, Rome, Rocchetti, Rome
Special Effects Supervisor: August Lohman
Optical Effects: Charles Staffell
Special Animation Effects: Gerard Cogan, Thierry Vincens-Fargo
Titles: Arcady
Title Designer: Maurice Binder [uncredited]
Production Designer: Mario Garbuglia
Assistant Art Director: Umberto Campagna
Artistic Consultant: Jean-Claude Forest
Compressed Air for Special Effects: Atlas Copco
Made in: Dino De Laurentiis Cinematographica S.p.A. Studios, Rome

Jane Fonda (Barbarella)
John Phillip Law (Pygar)
Anita Pallenberg (The Great Tyrant)
Milo O'Shea (Concierge/Duran Duran)
Marcel Marceau (Professor Ping)
Claude Dauphin (President of Earth)
Veronique Vendell (Captain Moon)
Giancarlo Cobelli
Serge Marquand (Captain Sun)
Nino Musco
Franco Gula
Catherine Chevallier (Stomoxys)
Marie Therese Chevallier (Glossina)
Umberto Di Grazia
David Hemmings as Dildano
Ugo Tognazzi as Mark Hand

Alternative Titles

Barbarella, Queen of the Universe – UK (video)
Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy – USA (re-release)

Extracts included in
The Wild Boys (1984)



  • Films February 1982 p.47 – review
  • Halls of Horror no.27 p.16 – UK video data
  • Starburst no.71 p.14 – article
  • Starburst no.81 p.46 – article
  • Starburst no.83 p.30 – article


  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.147 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction p.260 – credits, review
  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.33 – review, credits
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.180
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.26 – credits
  • French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier p.20-21 – illustrated credits
  • Ghastly Beyond Belief by Neil Gaiman and Kim Newman p.174 – quotes
  • Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films by James Robert Parish p.18 – credits
  • Hoffman's Guide to Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.33 – review, credits
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.36 – credits
  • Jules Verne on Film by Thomas C. Renzi pp.57; 58 – illustrated notes
  • Kine & TV Year Book 1970 p.107 – credits
  • Movies of the 60s by Jürgen Müller pp.570-577 – illustrated review (by SH [Steffen Haubner])
  • by Walt Lee p.25 – credits
  • The Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Handbook by Alan Frank pp.17-18 – credits, review
  • Science Fiction in the Movies: An A-Z by Roy Pickard p.6 – credits, note
  • Sleaze Artists: Cinema at the Margins of Taste, Style and Politic by Jeffrey Scoce (ed.) p.303
  • World Filmography 1968 by Peter Cowie (ed.) pp.122-123

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide October-November 2018 p.36 – illustrated listing