Posted by: ckckred | November 23, 2011

The Invention of Hugo Cabret Seems Perfect for Scorsese

When I first heard Martin Scorsese was making Hugo, a 3D film based off a children’s book, I was completely surprised.  Why would a director who is legendarily for making many violent and dark films make one for kids?

Then I read The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the book Hugo is based on, and I saw immediately what Scorsese liked of the novel: the story is about George Méliès, the legendary pioneer of movie special effects.  Méliès made hundreds of films, but his most famous is A Trip to the Moon, which has the famous shot of a moon with a rocket on its head.

The story of Hugo is not very long: Hugo, an orphan whose father was a clock maker, tries to repair a mechanical man while working for a mysterious toy maker and his adopted daughter Isabel.  Hugo eventually discovers that the toy maker is none other than Méliès himself, who is sick and has had many of films melted down for shoes during World War I (this actually happened in real life).

Scorsese is a lot like Méliès.  Whereas Méliès was a pioneer of film, Scorsese has been a film preservationist.  Scorsese helped the AFI establish its film preservation, and he has long been an admirer of classic films.

I haven’t seen Hugo yet, but I hope it can match the book in terms of quality.



  1. […] heard a lot a good things about the film.  I wrote a review of the book which you can see here.  Roger Ebert gave the film four stars, and friend of the blog Matt Stewart called it […]

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