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Trailer Watch: Scorsese's Magical Hugo Conjures Beloved Family Classics

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange and Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 15, 2011 at 4:38AM

Brian Selznick, the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a 2007 genre-bending children’s book, was inspired by turn of the 20th-century film pioneer Georges Méliès. Perhaps that's why Selznick’s book seems to translate so easily to the screen.
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Brian Selznick, the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a 2007 genre-bending children’s book, was inspired by turn of the 20th-century film pioneer Georges Méliès. Perhaps that's why Selznick’s book seems to translate so easily to the screen.

The trailer for the Martin Scorsese’s recently retitled film adaptation, Hugo is out (it's posted below) and of course the visuals dazzle. The color palette, both luminescent and dreary, captures a shimmering hint of magic in turn-of-the-century industrial Paris. Paramount will release Scorsese's first venture into 3-D, which stars Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Jude Law and Emily Mortimer, on Thanksgiving, November 23, 2011.

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However, Scorsese is not your usual family-audience filmmaker. A close watch of this trailer reveals pieced-together scenes from other beloved children’s classics. When the young heroine declares that the magical world is “like Neverland and Oz and Treasure Island all wrapped into one,” she might describe the movie as well. A mild confrontation on a train platform with a dark-haired preteen misfit seems lifted from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; period costumes conjure up Mary Poppins; and a gaggle of sea creatures might have lost their way from The Little Mermaid.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Video, First Look, Production , Martin Scorsese, Period, Fantasy, Paramount/Vantage/Insurge/CBS, Trailers, Digital Future, Art Direction


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