Barbarella, a beautiful 41st-century astronaut, is
ordered by the President of Earth to find Durand-Durand, an Earth
scientist who has disappeared with the secret of the Positronic Ray,
the ultimate weapon. Landing on the planet Lythion, Barbarella
is attacked by carnivorous dolls manipulated by two seemingly sweet
twin girls. Bearded hunter Mark Hand rescues her and reveals
that Durand-Durand is in the city of Sogo. Barbarella shows
her appreciation by making love to him in the "old-fashioned" way
that has long been replaced on Earth by exaltation-transference
Taking off again, Barbarella accidentally crashes
into a labyrinth inhabited by outcasts from Sogo. Once the
kindly orchid-chewing Professor Ping has repaired her spaceship, the
blind angel Pygar flies her to Sogo after his will to fly is
restored by Barbarella during a sexual therapy session in his nest.
The pair are soon captured by Sogo's Black Queen and her concierge;
Pygar is subjected to a mock crucifixion and then seduced by the
Queen, while Barbarella barely escapes being pecked to death by
hundreds of birds.
Dildano, her rescuer and head of the local
underground revolutionaries, agrees to help her find Durand-Durand;
in return, Barbarella shows him how to make love by means of
finger-touching while under the influence of the
exaltation-transference pills. But Dildano's bumbling
assistance only leads to Barbarella's recapture by the concierge,
who is revealed as none other than Durand-Durand himself. The
wicked scientist tries to kill Barbarella by sealing her in a
machine that induces fatal sexual pleasure; instead, Barbarella's
stamina causes the machine to blow all its fuses.
Durand-Durand then attempts to destroy the Black
Queen, but she retaliates by releasing the viscous substance that
surrounds the city and has fed off its evil. As Sogo crumbles
around them, Pygar clutches Barbarella and the Black Queen in his
arms and flies off with them. When Barbarella asks Pygar why
he saved the evil but seductive Queen, he smiles slyly and says, "An
angel has no memory."
The film is based on the comic strip "Barbarella" by Jean-Claude
Forest (Paris, 1964).
Music includes: "The Black
Queen's Beads" by Charles Fox and Bob Crewe; "Barbarella,"
"Love Love Love Drags Me Down," and "I Love All the Love
in You," music and lyrics by Charles Fox and Bob Crewe, sung by
The Glitterhouse; and "An Angel Is Love," music and lyrics by
Charles Fox and Bob Crewe, performed by The Bob Crewe Generation.