(2011) is the first family film directed by Martin Scorsese
, written by John Logan
and produced by Johnny Depp. It is based on the Caldecott Medal-winning children's novel The Invention Of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick, grandnephew of legendary film producer David Selznick. It stars Asa Butterfield
as an orphan boy who lives in a train station in 1930s Paris and whose only companion is an automaton discovered by his late father. He devotes his life to making sure the clocks run on time and to gradually repairing the automaton, under the belief that the message it is designed to write is a message from his father.
One day, he gets caught stealing a toy from Papa Georges (Sir Ben Kingsley
), a melancholy man who runs a toystore inside the station. He finds the notebook Hugo carries containing drawings of the automaton by his father. Papa Georges takes the notebook, threatening to burn it. With the help of Papa Georges' goddaughter Isabelle (Chloe Moretz
), Hugo tries to get the notebook back and use it to discover the secret of the automaton. Along the way, he discovers the secret of Papa Georges, including his real name.
Also starring Sacha Baron Cohen
, Christopher Lee
, Jude Law, Helen McCrory, Ray Winstone, and Michael Stuhlbarg
, it is notable for being Scorsese's first family film and the first movie he made in 3D. It is considered Scorsese's love letter to silent cinema
Brian Selznick also wrote a companion book to the film, The Hugo Movie Companion
, about how his novel was adapted to the screen. By all accounts, he is very pleased with the result, calling it "the most beautiful thing that I've ever seen.
" The movie received critical acclaim and was considered one of the best movies of the year. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences even thought so, awarding the film five technical Oscars for art direction, cinematography, visual effects, and sound editing and mixing. It was a huge Genre Turning Point
for the book-adapted sub-genre, so thank God for Hugo
Not to be confused with the Hugo video game series
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