is a 2011 American adventure drama film based on Brian Selznick's novel
'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' about a boy who lives alone in a Paris
railway station. It is directed by Martin Scorsese and written by John
Logan. It is a co-production of Graham King's GK Films and Johnny Depp's
film stars Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha
Baron Cohen, Helen McCrory, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law and
main story line of this charming family film revolves around the history
of the cinema, and especially the work of Georges Méliès,
the French cinematographer who worked during the 1920s and who conceived
one of the first films about travel to the moon. His film, Voyage
to the Moon is considered to be a classic of the cinema. One of the
most well known moments in the film is scene where the spacecraft, fired
from a giant cannon on Earth, hits the man in the moon in the eye. Georges
Méliès drawing of this scene is shown in the panel on the
Hugo was distributed by Paramount Pictures and released in the
US on 23 November 2011. The film received enormously positive reviews,
with many critics praising the visuals, acting and direction.
the 84th Academy Awards, Hugo received five Oscars – for
Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound
Mixing, and Best Sound Editing – and its 11 total nominations, including
Best Picture, were the most for the evening.
film also won two BAFTAs and was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards,
earning Scorsese his third Golden Globe Award for Best Director.
was selected for the Royal Film Performance 2011 with a screening at the
Odeon, Leicester Square in London on 28 November 2011 in the presence
of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, in support of the
Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund.
GK Films and Warner Bros. acquired the screen rights to 'The Invention
of Hugo Cabret' shortly after the book was published in 2007. Initially,
Chris Wedge was signed in to direct the adaptation and John Logan
was contracted to create the screenplay. The film was initially
titled 'Hugo Cabret', in line with the novel.
actors were engaged, including Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen,
Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Helen McCrory and later
Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Frances de la Tour and
Richard Griffiths. The venture was officially launched into production
in London on 29 June 2010.
Shooting commenced at Shepperton Studios in London, together with
other locations in London and Paris. The Nene Valley Railway near
Peterborough also loaned their original Compagnie Internationale
des Wagons-Lits rolling stock to the studio.
film's soundtrack includes an Oscar-nominated original score composed
by Howard Shore, and also makes prominent use of the Danse Macabre
by Camille Saint-Saens and the first Gnossienne by Erik Satie.
Hugo was originally budgeted at $100 million. but overran
with a final budget of between $156 million and $170 million.
Hugo received great acclaim from critics. Review tallying
website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 186 of the tallied 199 reviews
were positive, for a score of 93% and a certification of "fresh".
Similarly, Metacritic gave the film an average score of 83 based
on 41 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".
Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four out of four
stars saying "Hugo is unlike any other film Martin
Scorsese has ever made, and yet possibly the closest to his heart:
a big-budget, family epic .... and in some ways, a mirror of his
own life. We feel a great artist has been given command of the tools
and resources he needs to make a movie about – movies."
Christy Lemire of the U-T San Diego said that it had a "abundant
love of the power of film; being a hardcore cinephile (like Scorsese)
might add a layer of enjoyment, but it certainly isn't a prerequisite
for walking in the door" .
Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune rated it 3 stars and described
it as "Rich and stimulating" explaining "every locale
in Scorsese's vision of 1931 Paris looks and feels like another
planet. The filmmaker embraces storybook artifice as wholeheartedly
as he relays the tale's lessons in the importance of film preservation."
Richard Corliss of Time named it one of the Top 10 Best Movies of
2011, saying "Scorsese's love poem .... restores both the reputation
of an early pioneer and the glory of movie history – the birth
of a popular art form given new life through a master's application
of the coolest new techniques".
Méliès drawing of a film scene from Voyage to
the Moon. Hugo remembers it is the film his father always
talked about as the first film he ever saw.
• Asa Butterfield as Hugo Cabret
• Ben Kingsley as Georges Méliès
• Chloë Grace Moretz as Isabelle
• Sacha Baron Cohen as Inspector Gustave
• Ray Winstone as Claude Cabret
• Jude Law as Hugo's father
• Christopher Lee as Monsieur Labisse
• Helen McCrory as Mama Jeanne
• Michael Stuhlbarg as René Tabard
• Emily Mortimer as Lisette
• Frances de la Tour as Madame Emile
• Richard Griffiths as Monsieur Frick
• Marco Aponte as a train engineer assistant
• Emil Lager as Django Reinhardt, the guitarist
• Ben Addis as Salvador Dalí
• Robert Gillas as James Joyce
• Kevin Eldon as Policeman
• Gulliver McGrath as Young Tabard