Barbarella had similar adventures to another comic strip hero, Flash Gordon, travelling around the galaxy and meeting new futuristic species while fighting a common foe. But unlike Flash, she could sleep around - Barb was often naked and used sex to save the Universe, all very s, and very much the age of 'free love'. The comic strips first appeared in French magazines and were very popular, soon reprinted as books of complete adventures - early 'graphic novels' before the phrase had been coined. The first volume became the basis of producer Dino de Laurentiis ' movie. Creator Jean-Claude Forest was brought in as an adviser, helping make it a faithful adaption.
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When they awarded producer Dino de Laurentiis a special Oscar a number of years ago, the editors charged with making a montage of his movies had a heck of a time finding many worth excerpting: The White Buffalo , anyone? De Laurenttis' Barbarella generated a lot of publicity, at least during production. An enthusiastic Playboy magazine article suggested that the set was a orgy, and stories circulated in the press of Roger Vadim hosting an open house all-substances-encouraged party. Although it opened to mostly tepid reviews, Barbarella was an attractive proposition, a glitzy Technicolor visualization of a reportedly pornographic French comic strip oo-la-la mostly unknown in the states. Word quickly circulated that the opening credits were the sexiest ever seen.
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I picked up Barbarella because of the cover alone. Just wanted to get that out of the way. I am familiar with the Barbarella comics, and the movie. But I have never read Barbarella before or watched the movie.