The movie Hugo is based upon the children's novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This is a very uncharacteristic Martin Scorsese movie which explores my favorite genre of writing which is creative non-fiction. The story is fictional except for the fact that it tells some sort of historic truth. The factual portion of this story is about Georges Melies.
The story begins with Hugo's father bringing an automaton home from the museum where he works. The quest to bring the automaton to life becomes the father son project of Hugo and his father, played (briefly) by Jude Law. (An automaton is a non-electric self-operating machine- often, a robot resemmbling a human or an animal.)
|Hugo with father and automaton|
|Hugo watches from above|
|Georges Melies played by Ben Kingsley|
|discovery of the key|
|the real life Georges Melies|
Without giving away the story, I hope that I might compel you to go see this movie. You won't be sorry. And let me know if you recognize a certain street musician playing at the train station.