Directed by Martin Scorsese
Hugo started out as a movie about a young boy named Hugo Cabret who secretly operates the clocks of a Parisian rail station. He steals mechanical parts in a toy store in order to fix a machine left by his deceased father, believing that it will uncover him a secret message. But with his adventures and misadventures the automaton leads him to a man who made their dreams possible. Martin Scorsese’s love letter to the cinema traces back to its early days in the 19th century, from the invention of Lumiere brothers, towards the cinematic creations of French auteur Georges Méliès and his masterpiece Le Voyage dans la lune. With the downpour of digital filmmaking, one cannot help but feel nostalgic about its simple and humble silent beginnings in celluloid black and white. Similar to Cinema Paradiso by Giuseppe Tornatore Hugo not only takes us into a colorful journey of cinema’s past, but also reminds us the power of the movies and the magic it weaves into our lives.