Hugo

  • 126'
  • USA
  • 2011
With his 12-year-old daughter in mind, Scorsese translates Brian Selznick’s children’s book into an initiation into the art of cinema. He does this both in a literal and a metaphorical sense: with an evocation of the both glorious and tragic career of Georges Méliès as well as a playful conceptualisation of filmic parameters such as the notion of time, mechanised movement and the illusion of depth.
Leafing through an old note-pad leads to the discovery of a flip book, and a panoramic view over Paris suddenly becomes one big festival of light. While conceiving a homage to analogue film, Scorsese manifests himself a master of digital cinema.
And yet the actors always remain his central concern. The film also contains some hints of a larger historical perspective. One of the most stunning and memorable archival documents is the tinted footage of traumatised soldiers returning from the front in the First World War.

Director
Martin Scorsese
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
126'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Graham King, Martin Scorsese
Production Companies
GK Films, Paramount Pictures
Sales
Paramount Pictures
Screenplay
John Logan, based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Cinematography
Robert Richardson
Editor
Thelma Schoonmaker
Production Design
Dante Ferretti
Sound Design
John Midgley
Music
Howard Shore
Cast
Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley
Local Distributor
Universal Pictures International Netherlands BV
Website
http://gk-films.com/films/hugo