The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec can be seen for free on Netflix and I recommend it. It is subtitled in English, being a French film, but that does not detract from the whimsical nature. Though set in the early 1900s, it has a Steampunk flair to it. The lead is Adele Blanc-Sec, a female adventurer similar to Indiana Jones. The film includes pterodactyls, mummies, mysticism, action and lots of humor. It keeps up the light tone throughout and is fun for all. A family could easily watch as it would be rated most likely G or PG-13.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (French: Les Aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec), released as Adèle: Rise of the Mummy in Malaysia and Singapore, is a 2010 French fantasy adventure feature film written and directed by Luc Besson. It is loosely based on the comic book series of the same name by Jacques Tardi and, as in the comic, follows the eponymous writer and a number of recurring side characters in a succession of far-fetched incidents in 1910s Paris and beyond, in this episode revolving around parapsychology and ultra-advanced Ancient Egyptian technology, which both pastiche and subvert adventure and speculative fiction of the period. The primarily live-action film, shot in Super 35, incorporates much use of computer animation to portray its fanciful elements and contemporary action film special and visual effects within the form of the older-style adventure films they have largely superseded.
3 responses to “The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec”
Like the look of this, and just ordered it. Have you seen much other steampunk/french films?
I write Steampunk and I have probably seen most of the related films. I do watch some French films, but not as many as I would like. It is hard to know which ones I will like. The French version of La Femme Nakita is much better than the American version of the film and the American TV series.
Awesome you write steampunk too. I’ve seen The City of Lost Children. Saw it years ago, so going to rewatch it to reacquaint myself with it. Think Adele Blanc looks slightly more adventurous and funny than that. Have you seen that one?