D/B Movie Feature: Les Aventures Extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec

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Les Aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Dry-White) is a Franco-Belgian comics adventure series written and illustrated by French comics artist Jacques Tardi.

The movie adaptation of Adele Blanc-Sec, titled “Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adele Blanc-Sec” and directed by Luc Besson, will be released in France on April, 14th, 2010.The adventures, set in Paris in the years before and after World War I, revolve around the protagonist Adèle Blanc-Sec. A cynical heroine, she is initially a novelist of popular fiction, who turns to investigative journalism as her research and subsequent adventures reveal further details of the mystical world of crime.

Themes of the occult, corruption, official incompetence, and the dangers of patriotism suffuse the series. One interesting feature is the hiatus which separates Adèle’s first exploits, taking place in 1910s Paris, from later ones, instead set in the post-WWI milieu. The separation is explained with her having been cryogenically hibernated following a grave injury.

The expedient was deemed necessary by Tardi to avoid her entanglement in the First World War. In an interview he declared: “Her feisty nature made it impossible to provide her with a place in the war. She would not have been allowed to fight, and could no more have settled for being a nurse, than she could have remained home rolling bandages”.

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