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Hugo is a film for anyone: book and movie lovers, kids, puzzle solvers, kids and their parents!

Posted on: June 4, 2012

This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Hugo, Martin Scorcese’s masterpiece.  We had previously scheduled it for May 31 but the Scholastic Book Fair took over our favorite movie spot with their wonderful books.  This is a film for book lovers and movie lovers and for those of us who like to solve puzzles and make things work.

 It’s the 1930’s and young Hugo Cabret’s beloved father has died.  Now Hugo lives within the walls of the Gare du Nord, one of the train stations that envelop Paris.  He has taken over his drunken uncle’s job, keeping the clocks running on time, though no one knows it is Hugo doing the work.  He also spends time trying to repair an automaton, a robotic man that Hugo’s father had been repairing before he died.  Hugo thinks the automaton will reveal a secret his father left him.

 Let yourself go into this film.  Scorcese and his troops have outdone themselves.  They were nominated for ten Oscars and won five of them –  art direction, cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing, and visual effects.  Asa Butterfield who plays Hugo Cabret and Chloë Grace Moretz, his friend Isabelle are perfect.  And if you blink you will miss a two-second shot of Martin Scorsese himself holding a camera.  This film is a treasure — and so is its director.

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