Saturday/ The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc Sec

I love the Tintin series of comic bookse4fb7d5a3d8acc49881250b2095d9604 (from Belgium), and know it very well.  It turns out there is also a more recent French comic book series, with a heroine called Adèle Blanc Sec.  I only learned all of this after picking up the French-made film Les Aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec/The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec (2010) at the DVD store.  (And watched it Saturday night with Bryan and Gary).  The title character was played by French actress Louise Bourgoin. The plot of the film is developed nicely. The film opens with an Indiana Jones-esque tomb-raiding scene and plays out in 1912 in Paris after that.  Some of the main characters (men) have large ears, others have large noses or flamboyant moustaches, and of course they wear clothing true to the period.    The adventures also feature a pterodactyl and a ladies’ tennis match, one that could very well have been inspired by 1920s French tennis legend Suzanne Lenglen (her Wikipedia entry here).

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Here’s the pterodactyl, checking in at the professor’s apartment. (Yes : it is hungry and is looking for food!).
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And here is a scene from the tennis match.  There is a freak accident in the match. The woman in the picture is Adele’s sister, and is hit squarely on the forehead with a ferocious forearm shot, and falls backwards  .. and so the story starts.

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