Caryn James

Hugo: Scorsese's Magical Christmas Gift

  • By Caryn James
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  • November 21, 2011 3:36 PM
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The magnificent opening sequence of Hugo transports us into its enchanting world. In 3-D, we are suddenly under softly falling snowflakes as the camera soars over the cityscape of Paris, the Eiffel Tower in the distance, then in a single shot keeps traveling down to the platform of a train station before soaring again up behind the station’s giant clock, to the room where a boy named Hugo lives. This stunning filmmaking calls to mind the famous uncut tracking shot in Martin Scorsese’s more typical Goodfellas, but that’s the last time you’ll be reminded of the present day.  Hugo is so thoroughly entrancing, for the time you’re watching it you might be living inside a magical Paris of 1931.

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