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Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)

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An adventure set in the early part of the 20th century and focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters, and other distractions.

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Inspecteur Albert Caponi
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Justin de Saint-Hubert
Jacky Nercessian ...
Marie-Joseph Espérandieu
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Le professeur Ménard
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Andrej Zborowski
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Agathe Blanc-Sec (as Laure de Clermont)
Gérard Chaillou ...
Président Armand Fallières
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Ferdinand Choupard
Claire Pérot ...
Nini les Gambettes
François Chattot ...
Raymond Pointrenaud
Stanislas De la Tousche ...
Le chauffeur Pointrenaud
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Aziz
Mohamed Aroussi ...
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Desperate to cure her near catatonic sister, intrepid authoress Adèle Blanc-Sec braves ancient Egyptian tombs and modern Egyptian lowlife to locate a mummified doctor and get him back to Paris. Her hope is that oddball Professor Espérandieu will then use his unusual powers to bring the doctor back to life so he, in turn, can use his centuries-old skills on the unfortunate sister. In Paris however Espérandieu is already causing mayhem, having brought to life what was a safe museum egg but is now a very active pterodactyl. Paris 1911 may not be the healthiest place to be. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Rated PG for some violence, language, brief sensuality and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Adèle and the Secret of the Mummy  »

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€25,000,000 (estimated)
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The helper in this film and in the opening scenes in The Fifth Element, another Luc Besson film, is named Aziz. See more »

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The book, "Le Monstre des glaces" that Adele signs for Andrej, is a paperback book with a glossy colour card cover. Books were not printed in that style until at least the 1930s. There were, however, "penny dreadfuls" and "yellowbacks" published in Europe as early as the 1880s that did have color paperback covers though not on heavy card stock. See more »

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The Merry Wives of Windsor - Ouverture
Written by Otto Nicolai (as Carl Otto Nicolai)
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Beautifully filmed fantasy in minutely reconstructed early 20th century Paris
3 December 2010 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

"Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec" is a good film. It almost qualifies for very good, but there a few small details which are poorly executed and which bar it from reaching its full potential.

The film has three excellent elements: masterful pacing, perfect editing and a great leading actress. Louise Bourgoin carries the movie with no apparent effort; the character of Mlle. Adèle Blanc-Sec "comme le vin" (*) fits right in with the minutely reconstructed Paris near the beginning of the 20th century. The quick pacing and seamless editing convey the thrill of moving from panel to panel in a comics (**) book (and I suspect that this was the intended effect).

(*) "Blanc sec" is French for "dry white". She helpfully tells a police officer that her name is "Dry White, as the wine", adding that he probably knows very well how to spell that.

(**) (For Americans) Note that in France and Belgium (and in Italy, to some extent) comics ("B.D." for "bandes dessinées") are an art form bearing little resemblance with Marvel's productions.

To get the most from the film you should watch it in the original French -- if you understand French, of course (subtitles may help). Part of the zany humor derives from the untranslatable undertones and rhythm of the dialog and narration.

The small details which detract from the overall beauty of the film consists in a few brief scenes where the computer-generated special effects should have been better. Carelessness is the word -- the vast majority of scenes containing CGI are well executed.


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