UPDATE: Now with English subtitles. Well worth another look. Picture quality is better too, actually.

I won’t make any bones about it – I think this first full trailer for Luc Besson‘s The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec looks simply superb. I’ve embedded the trailer below the break and fully recommend you check it out.

Meanwhile, the film’s offical English language web site has launched. A lot of it is still “coming soon”, but you can check out the a synopsis and some character art from the original Jacques Tardi comics.

The synopsis is housed as part of a virtual newspaper which also notes “How plentiful they will be, the bonuses and videos that The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec website will make available via the advertising pillar”. Clicking on the ‘advertising pillar’ on the main street-scene, I was indeed given access to an interactive roster of vids… though almost all were still “coming soon”. Disappointing.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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It’s difficult at this point for me to reconcile the directorial work of Luc Besson with his endless string of writing and producing projects. I’m still trying to wash the taste of From Paris with Love out of my mouth, and then a new teaser trailer for The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec drops in my lap. Looking at this, I wonder if Besson still has it, at least when he’s fully committed to a film as a director.

Watch the new clip after the break, and try to make some prediction as to whether the film will be a grand continental adventure in the Indiana Jones mold, or just another exercise in style over substance. Read More »


Right near the top of my 2010 most-anticipated list is Luc Besson‘s Adele Blanc-Sec, a film I previously described as a “little bit Indiana Jones, a little bit Tintin and a little bit Hellboy”.

Our first look at the film came via a teaser poster, then there were some gorgeous stills unveiled and now there’s a wonderful trailer. You can see it embedded below the break.

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First Photos: Luc Besson’s Adele Blanc-Sec


We brought you the poster and first details of Luc Besson‘s upcoming comics adaptation Les Aventures Extrodinaire d’Adele Blanc-Sec back at the end of October, and now the first official images have been released by Europacorp. Most of them are stills from the film but there’s also one behind the scenes shot, and you can see the whole lot after the break.

Here’s the synopsis I offered up the last time:

The year is 1912. Adèle Blanc-Sec, an intrepid young reporter, will go to any lengths to achieve her aims, including sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes.

Meanwhile, in Paris, it’s panic stations! A 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg on a shelf in the natural history museum has mysteriously hatched, and the bird subjects the city to a reign of terror from the skies. But nothing fazes Adèle Blanc-Sec, whose adventures reveal many more extraordinary surprises…

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