All Things:Martin Scorsese
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HUGO May Successfully Tie 3D and Film History Together | CHUD.com
BUT, regardless of the 3D stuff, there was something even more interesting than that snuck into the responses…
I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, so I won’t say how, but the early history of film plays huge part in “Hugo”. For cinephiles this is a great opportunity to feel glib about your knowledge, and for those who are less versed on the subject I think it offers an interesting history lesson. It’s clear that Scorsese had fun with this aspect of the film, which may very well have been a factor in his choosing to direct it. [sic]
You can read the full report at /Film.
Now we’ve know for a while that the book’s story is rooted in the work and hobbies of Georges Méliès, one of the earliest pioneers of filmmaking and certainly the first special effects director. Famous for shorts like A Trip To The Moon, the magic and theatrics of his film apparently inform the book, and it seems Marty might have lived up to the hopes I expressed when reporting that Johnny Depp had been caught on set.
For Hugo Cabret this dedication to the lastest technology is right in line with the spirit of the book itself, which is heavily influenced by the work and imagination of George Méliès, one of the earliest special effects focused directors. The book itself is also a multi-media experience that blends prose with pictures in a fascinating way, and seems to have inspired Scorsese to bring an equally varied set of techniques to the screen.