The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle-Blanc Sec

I just watched Les Aventures Extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010), a film by Luc Bresson based on the comic book series by Jacques Tardi. I really am not sure it ever got an American theatrical release. If it did, it had to have been quite limited. I’ve been meaning to watch it since I found out about it and it seems to have just made it to Netflix.

Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec

It’s not the greatest film but it certainly has its moments. Dapper mummies, a cute pterodactyl, a charming heroine played by Louise Bourgoin and awesome Edwardianish costumes.

The film is set in the in 1910s Paris and the costumes are historical enough. Adèle has some awesome gigantic hats and beautiful lace insert blouses. But my favorite costumes are the tennis dresses she and her sister Agathe wear in a flashback scene. Sadly I haven’t found many good scene captures of them but you should be able to get an idea.

It’s definitely not a must see and far from Luc Bresson’s best (I’d probably give that to Léon: The Professional or Nikita) but the film clips a long and isn’t a complete waste of time.

As I type out this post I’m watching Blancanieves (2013), a beautiful black & white silent Spanish film that mixes the tale of Snow White with bullfighting and a little Fellini for good measure. It’s certainly a treat to look at. And also available on Netflix.

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