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The Crossroads of the Aether

The classic French Victorian occult/crime/adventure series set before and after WWI, starring Adèle Blanc-Sec, novelist-turned-investigative-reporter, is being brought to you on the big screen by Luc Besson. Well, at least in France. It appears to involve mummies, dinosaurs, lovely costumes, and at least a little mechanical science of the weird kind.

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Comment by Taphophilia Catafalque on June 18, 2014 at 11:45am

I bought this film after The Captain recommended it's viewing and we were thoroughly delighted by it. One of my favourite films is 'Amelie' and this is a Steampunk version so it couldn't be better.....

Comment by Marquis de Montcalm on October 22, 2013 at 1:09pm

I regularly re-watch this, always with added pleasure.

Comment by Lady Thriller on January 15, 2012 at 6:57am

Totally added the graphic novels to my wishlist so I don't forget to hunt it down. I hope one day we can get the copy of the movie stateside.

Comment by Dr. M.T. Watertight on October 30, 2011 at 7:03am
Merci beaucoup à mon ami.
Comment by The Widow Kate Next on October 29, 2011 at 9:48pm

Wonderful news indeed, Marquis!  Merci for the update. :)

Comment by Marquis de Montcalm on October 29, 2011 at 5:12pm
This is out in a dubbed/subtitled English version!
Comment by The Widow Kate Next on March 14, 2011 at 7:32am
Well, we been schooled Paris Peace Treaty style.  Hurrah for the League of Nations, I say!
Comment by Luke "Professor Philius" A. on March 14, 2011 at 3:11am

Just a quick note. I've seen the film and read the comics. It is not Victorian, but Edwardian, and only Edwardian by the loosest definitions which extend to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 instead of Edward's death in 1910.

The Victorian Era is 1837–1901.

Comment by The Widow Kate Next on February 15, 2011 at 2:50pm
So here we go into the Amazon to search out the infamous Adele!  Thanks for the tip Mr. Hansen.
Comment by Eric 'Merlin" Hanson on February 15, 2011 at 10:09am
I just obtained this film from  and really enjoyed it:)  The copy gives you the ability to watch it in french with subtitles, or a rather well done English dubbed version (if you can stand dubbing, it drives me nuts though.)  Great visuals and overall a really fun film!!

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