Hugo -a Film Report

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Hugo (2011)
Direction by Martin Scorsese
Writing by John Logan (screenplay) and Brian Selznick (book)
Editing by Thelma Schoonmaker
Cinematography by Robert Richardson

About the film:
Hugo (2011) is the story of a young orphaned adventurer whose determination to discover a secret, brings to light the forgotten contributions of a film pioneer.
The movie begins with various 1st person point of view panoramic shots of the Gare du Nord rail station from inside the numerous clocks found inside the rail station, while Hugo (Asa Butterfield) is shown moving around the maze of passages from clock to clock. Hugo, who fixes the clocks at Gare du Nord due to the death of his Uncle Claud, also spends his time trying to fix a broken
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Hugo inserts the key into the automation and the automation draws a picture. The picture is of the Moon with a telescope, from A Trip to the Moon (1902) one of the earliest films done by Georges Méliès. This clue tells Hugo that the toy merchant (Ben Kingsley) might actually be the great film pioneer Georges Méliès and is not dead as film historians assumed. Hugo’s father used to tell Hugo stories of the first films he went to, particularly the amazement with Georges Méliès films. As Hugo and Isabella do research on Georges Méliès, it is discovered that copies of Georges Méliès’ films exist even as it was assumed they had all been destroyed. With Hugo instrumental in exposing the forgotten films and talents of Méliès, Georges Méliès steps up and declares that Hugo is not an orphan, but is under Méliès charge. The movie ends with an event honoring Georges Méliès and the audience learning that almost 80 versions of Méliès’ films had been found and restored.
Personal impression:
I found Hugo (2011) to be a very entertaining watch for the story but more for being a very visually appealing film.
The movie was a cinematographer’s playground for very stylized and sometimes unobvious techniques, which provided as much substance to the film as the story, acting or score. A particularly useful technique used throughout the film was one to give the viewer a feeling that you were actually watching a grainy film
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