Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hugo (2011)

Academy Awards, USA 2012

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Robert Richardson
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Tom Fleischman
John Midgley
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Philip Stockton
Eugene Gearty
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Robert Legato
Joss Williams
Ben Grossmann
Alex Henning
Best Achievement in Art Direction
Dante Ferretti (production designer)
Francesca Lo Schiavo (set decorator)
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Graham King
Martin Scorsese
Best Achievement in Directing
Martin Scorsese
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
John Logan
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Thelma Schoonmaker
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Sandy Powell
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Howard Shore

Paramount Pictures
Directed by Martin Scorsese
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Paramount)

An orphaned boy is sent to live with his drunken uncle repairing clocks in a vast Paris train station. He spends his spare time trying to repair an automaton he believes carries a message from his father. He is caught stealing by the owner of a toy shop in the station and agrees to work for him as payback. He befriends the owner's young daughter, who happens to wear a necklace containing a key he needs for the automaton. They get it working, but its message is not from his father but of a mysterious drawing and signature which belong to a pioneer in early cinema long thought dead. Scorsese's paean to the films of Georges Melies threatens to become lost in its vast 3D sets, the first hour is terribly slow, but picks up considerably in the second half, especially for lovers of Melies and early film.

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