I saw an old-ish (dated looking, but in color) sci-fi movie in a bar this weekend that I'm looking to identify. Unfortunately, the sound was off, so I can't say for sure that what the country of origin is.

Here are some things I remember about it:

  • Fairly pulpy feel.
  • Set off-Earth
  • Features a man with angel-type wings, wearing a loin cloth. He was carrying a woman through the sky.
  • Other people wearing future-styled garb
  • Some sort of a staring/willpower contest between a woman and a guy where they had palms pressed against each other. The woman seemed to be winning.
  • Hi, welcome to SF&F. You say it was set off-Earth; what where the clues that made it not-Earth as opposed to some future era? You also describe it as "sci-fi;" were there any technological devices depicted?
    – DavidW
    Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 21:14
  • Thanks. First question: no landscape, futuristic looking city. Could in theory be underground or in a base of some kind. Second question: hard to say, more about how people were dressed and the styling of the set. Certainly not hard sci-fi. Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 21:16
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    That "staring contest" was no staring contest .. it was future sex .. lol
    – Peter M
    Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 23:39

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Just based on the description of an angel in a loincloth, I'm going to suggest it might be Barbarella (1968).

Pygar with Barbarella

Pygar flying carrying Barbarella

Quoting from the plot summary on Wikipedia:

Barbarella leaves the planet and crashes into a labyrinth inhabited by outcasts exiled from Sogo. She is found by Pygar, a blind angel who has lost the will to fly. Pygar introduces her to Professor Ping, who offers to repair her ship. Pygar flies Barbarella to Sogo, a den of violence and debauchery, after she restores his will to fly by having sex with him.

I'm surprised, though, that you don't remember... other parts of the movie.

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    Nice! That's the one! As for the end of your answer, I'll just note that I was only catching bits and pieces at the bar, though I do now see what you mean... Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 21:32
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    They played Barbarella at a bar?... I mean I guess it has the word Bar in it twice :P Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 7:34
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    He didn't specify what sort of establishment his bar was ;-) Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 13:33
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    I've been meaning to watch this for years - I guess now is the time!
    – davidbak
    Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 16:44
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    @AzorAhai-him- "Naming their band after "Dr. Durand Durand", Milo O'Shea's character from the sci-fi film Barbarella (1968)..." Yes, like the band.
    – DavidW
    Commented Oct 26, 2022 at 3:13

Apart from the last bulletpoint (which places it very firmly as Barbarella!), this could also have been Flash Gordon, with Brian Blessed in wings:

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Both films are cheesy space opera at its best.

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    Holy moley! Searching youtube for "Brian Blessed Flash Gordon" brings up a bunch of great stuff including "Who wants to live forever?!" - I had no idea! Blessed is one of the greats! (And there's a bunch of non Flash Gordon BB stuff on youtube too - look for his snooker commentary!) IDC that this isn't the right answer to this question: Someone should definitely ask the question for which this is the right answer!
    – davidbak
    Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 20:07
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    @davidbak Very true. I remain unconvinced that there exists any question for which Brian Blessed is not at least one of the possible valid answers. Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 20:10

Adding to potential answers based on a winged man carrying a woman, Terry Gilliam's Brazil could be a match if the scene with the wings was a more isolated memory. I don't think they did a palm-to-palm thing, though.

Cover of Brazil DVD showing Jonathan in (dream) flight

In a dystopian, polluted, hyper-consumerist, overbearing bureaucratic totalitarian future somewhere in the 20th century, Sam Lowry is a low-level government employee who frequently dreams of himself as a winged warrior saving a damsel in distress. One day, shortly before Christmas, a fly becomes jammed in a teleprinter, which misprints a copy of an arrest warrant it was receiving. This leads to the arrest and death during interrogation of cobbler Archibald Buttle instead of renegade heating engineer and suspected terrorist Archibald Tuttle.

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    This question is starting to become a list for a great Sci-Fi movie night! Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 20:11

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