July 25th, 2011, by Rob

Hugo - Movie2k Movie PosterMovie2k Movie – Hugo Synopsis

Hugo is an upcoming adventure film based on Brian Selznick‘s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It is directed by Martin Scorsese, co-produced by Scorsese, Johnny Depp, Graham King, and Tim Headington, and written by John Logan. Hugo stars Asa Butterfield, Chloë Moretz, Ben Kingsley, and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Movie2k Movie – Hugo Plot

Hugo tells the story of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. With the help of an eccentric girl, he searches for the answer to a mystery linking the father he recently lost, the ill-tempered toy shop owner living below him and a heart shaped lock, seemingly without a key. Based on Brian Selznick‘s award winning and imaginative New York Times bestseller, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Movie2k Movie – Hugo Cast

  • Asa Butterfield as Hugo Cabret
  • Chloë Moretz as Isabelle, a friend of Hugo
  • Ben Kingsley as Georges Méliès, Isabelle’s godfather
  • Sacha Baron Cohen as the station inspector
  • Jude Law as Hugo’s father
  • Christopher Lee as Monsieur Labisse, the bookshop owner
  • Helen McCrory as Mama Jeanne, Méliès’ wife
  • Michael Stuhlbarg as René Tabard, a film historian
  • Marco Aponte as Julien Carette
  • Emily Mortimer as Lisette
  • Ray Winstone as Uncle Claude, Hugo’s deceased uncle
  • Frances de la Tour as Madame Emile, the owner of the café
  • Richard Griffiths as Monsieur Frick, the newspaper seller

The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a historical-fiction book written and illustrated by Brian Selznick and published by Scholastic Press. The hardcover edition was released on January 30, 2007, and the paperback edition was released on June 2, 2008. With 284 pictures between the book’s 533 pages, the book depends equally on its pictures as it does the actual words. Selznick himself has described the book as “not exactly a novel, not quite a picture book, not really a graphic novel, or a flip book or a movie, but a combination of all these things.” The book won the 2008 Caldecott Medal, the first novel to do so, as the Caldecott Medal is for illustrations.

The book’s primary inspiration is the true story of turn-of-the-century pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès, his surviving films, and his collection of mechanical, wind-up figures called automata. Selznick decided to add automatons to the storyline after reading Edison’s Eve by Gaby Wood, which tells the story of Edison’s attempt to create a talking wind up doll. Méliès actually had a set of automata, which were either sold or lost. At the end of his life Méliès was broke, even as films were screening widely in the US. He did work in a toy booth in a Paris railway station, hence the setting. Selznick drew Méliès’s real door in the book. It is reported that Méliès did sell some of his films to a company where they were ultimately used to make heels for shoes.

Hugo is Scorsese’s first film shot in 3D and it is due to be released on November 23, 2011, with distribution by Paramount Pictures and Film District.


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