Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Scorsese's Hugo - Trailer

If Martin Scorsese's name wasn't on this, you'd never guess this was his latest film. Based on Brian Selznick's acclaimed multi-media novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, about a 12 year-old orphan & clock fixer who finds an abandoned automaton in a Paris railway station, where he lives, and tries to fix it with clock parts. This is Scorsese's first kid's film that i can think of, and his first in 3D. It's great that he's stretching himself, even if it feels like he's making a Steven Spielberg film, in a year full of Spielberg films. Sacha Baron Coen, Asa Butterfield (Boy In the Striped Pajamas), Chloe Moretz (Kickass & Let Me In) & Sir Ben Kingsley. A strange mix for Scorsese, but I'm always willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. At the very least, it will be gorgeous to look at.

There is a logical connection to Scorsese, though: Brian Selznick was inspired to write his story after reading Edison's Eve, which tells the story of turn-of-the-century pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliés, who collected automata and tried to create a talking wind up doll. At the end of his life, Méliés donated his automata to a museum, which promptly discarded of them. Selznick imagined what would happen if a young boy found the broken, discarded automata, and thus Hugo Cabret was born. Méliés also worked in a toy booth in a Paris railway station, hence the story's setting. 

Scorsese should have stuck with the book's cover for the poster, though... Much more intriguing.