steampunk media adele blanc sec movie

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Steampunk Media: Adele Blanc-Sec Movie

I was quite heartned to discover that the classic French advenress of the novels of the same name, Adele Blanc-Sec, was going to be made into a film, with a release date of (about) mid April.  Even better was the fact that famous director Luc Besson was directing the endeavor (he is the same fellow who directed “Nikita” {known in the US as “La Femme Nikita”}, Leon {known in the US as “The Professional”}, but I’d say most know him from his most successful commercial film, “The Fifth Element”).  The story involves an adventerous lady (Mlle Blanc-Sec), and her adventures in Egypt… involving “mummies, evil bad guys (the best kind), and a pterodactyl, who hatches from an egg”.  Amazing, I’d say, but see for yourself in the aforementioned trailers… 
The story is based on the series of Adele Blanc-Sec, which first began in 1976 as a comic strip, and followed with more eight stories (now known as “graphic novels” now-a-days).  I realize her early stories put her abutting the further end of  the Steampunk genre (perhaps even in the Edwardian era), and her later adventures are certainly in the post WW1 era (and likley Dieselpunk), but… the architecture and atmosphere demonstrated by the trailers (very Art Nouveau) and the oddities of the circumstances are too good to pass up, as one can see in the following trailer..

Alas, it will be distributed in its native French, but as with most of the director’s movies, it will certainly be translated into English at some point.  However, the film’s website is outstanding, and worth a visit (there is even a virtual Frenchman to greet you)!  So be on the lookout for this gem showing up soon!
The Home Page for the film is located at:
For more on Adele Blanc-Sec, please see: 
and a bit more on the Director, Luc Besson, at:

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