Her first lover is a man who wears a fur suit and accepts sex from her as a thank you for rescuing her from some evil dolls. Is it a satire of pulp Sci-Fi? And the last scene where Pygar rescues both women will surely lead to him having sex with both of them, although that is left to our imagination. The character was taken from the Barbarella series of comics, where the look of the character was based on Brigitte Bardot and you can see the resemblance between Bardot and Fonda's look here. Despite the uneven tone, Jane Fonda is actually quite good in the lead role. Eric, I'm not sure why you seem to criticize her for the dialogue, it's not like she wrote the script herself.
Just revel in the cheesy, titillation of it all.
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The sexually uninhibited nature on display in Barbarella echoes the married director and star's actual sex life at the time. The population of the city seem just as drugged as the people of the labyrinth, and more horny. This is one of the few movies in which famous French mime Marcel Marceau's speaking voice can be heard. It definitely works best as a comedy. Despite the uneven tone, Jane Fonda is actually quite good in the lead role.