Barbarella (1967)

Article #6 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 3-22-2001
Posting date: 8-4-2001

A female government agent investigates the disappearance of a scientist named Duran Duran.

All right, so it’s based on a sexy French comic book, which means I really shouldn’t judge it too harshly; it’s nothing more than a funny and sexy action thriller; it’s not supposed to be compared to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. That is all well and good. Unfortunately, as far as the funny parts go, the only laughs I got were at the gags surrounding the broken down machinery in use by the rebel camp in the city. As an action thriller, I found it unconvincing and sluggish; the action scenes move a lot slower than they should, and I never really believe that any of the characters are in danger. This leaves the sex, and I suppose this is the level at which it is the most successful, but even at that, the leering attitude prevalent in the movie gets awfully tiresome, and the “sexy” costumes look contrived and uncomfortable.

Of course, all of this may mean nothing more than that I’m missing the point, and there’s probably some truth to that. The movie, as far as I can tell, is “campy” fun; the problem is, I’m just not into the whole “camp” thing. I leave this movie to those who can appreciate this type of entertainment.

The sets are impressive, though.


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