Silent Film Week Guest Post: Hugo and Méliès

Head on over to the great site Not Now I’m Drinking a Beer and Watching a Movie and read my guest post. Then be sure to read through the rest of Silent Film Week as well!

James from Mr Rumsey’s Film Related Musings has kindly contributed this article for Silent Film Week which takes a look at Martin Scorcese’s Hugo and the relationship it has with the films of Georges Melies. It is an absolutely cracking article and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

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Perhaps almost incorrectly labelled as a kid’s film, Hugo (2011) is as much a love letter to the medium of film as it is a family adventure movie. This is Scorsese reminding us why we all love films as much as we do, and he’s looking back with a particularly fond eye to Georges Méliès and to the inventive short films that he made between 1896 and 1913.

Set in Paris during the 1930’s, we follow the story of a young boy named Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield), an orphan who lives within a train station’s walls and…

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  1. Natalie P · · Reply

    Lovely review 🙂 The Melies shorts are really interesting.
    I particularly liked Helen McCrory in this film.

    1. Thank you very much! Yeah she was great, although for me Kingsley stole the show.
      I’m becoming quite the Méliès fan the more of his work that I watch. I thoroughly recommend checking out more of his films!

  2. I didn’t know the Méliès connection before I saw Hugo, such a pleasant surprise and it made me tear up. I like Helen McCrory too!

    1. I was very pleasantly surprised with just how much time the movie spent on film history and displaying a love for the medium. I knew that Méliès was involved somehow, but I had no idea as to the degree in which he plays a part.
      It’s good to hear love for McCrory! 😀

      1. Indeed, it’s wonderfully made wasn’t it?

        I knew McCrory from the BBC series The Jury w/ Gerry Butler and I was impressed w/ her. Too bad she never got a leading role here in the States, I only see her in supporting roles.

        1. Yeah I’ve only seen her in supporting roles as well. She did play Anna Karenina in a TV series a while back, I’ve been meaning to see it as I reckon it would definitely be worth a look!
          In other news, I did re-watch Gladiator last night and thoroughly enjoyed it 😀

    1. Great! Thank you very much 😀

  3. Cheers for reblogging sir and a huge cheers for taking the time to write the awesome article.

    1. No problem and thank you!

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