‘What’s that screaming? A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming.’ A good many indeed, particularly when the 41st century Pop Art spaceship belonging to Jane Fonda’s comic book icon is stranded on the planet Lythion. She soon faces non-stop peril and super sexy situations, along with a wacky assortment of characters.
This sexploitation classic exudes camp kitsch from its psychedelic opening sequence to the final, extravagant climax. More than an all-out trash fest, Barbarella has at its centre an empowered, independent female astronaut who cuts a dash as a progressive heroine.