Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past.Written by
Martin Scorsese: The photographer who is taking a picture of young Georges Méliès outside his new studio and a minute later can be heard in Méliès' studio saying "good, that's good, yes". See more »
A few pen strokes after the automaton begins to write, it stops and brings its elbow back to its side. In the next shot, however, the pen is still out in the middle of the paper, as if the arm were still extended. In the same scene, the automaton finishes its larger drawing, pulls its elbow back to its side, and raises its head upright to signal it is finished (at around 54 mins). In a subsequent shot, the head is still angled downward to the paper (at around 55 mins). See more »
I'd imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.
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There is only one opening credit, the film's title, which does not appear until nearly 15 minutes into the film. See more »
It is overwhelming to see the latest film by the old master. Not an ounce of jadedness from the artist who gave us "Raging Bull" The love from Scorsese to his profession is palpable, tangible, visual and ultimately contagious. 3D, who ever thought we'll see a Scorsese film in 3D. Well, this is like no other 3D film. The device is used organically and we're part of the story. completely. The opening shot is one of the mos beautiful I've ever seen. Georges Melies played beautifully by Ben Kingsley is at the centre of the centre of this gem. I can't wait to see it again and take my parents, my children, nieces and nephews. A film to share with the artist at the helm. Thank you very much!
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