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HugoHugo is a Martin Scorsese film that was released back in 2011. Martin Scorsese is known for his grittyand often violent depiction of American culture. He is best known for films such as Goodfellas (1990),Taxi Driver (1976), Shutter Island (2010) and most recently The Irishman (2019). Hugo is different thenmost of the other films because much of what happens is more so a nod at the film industry from 1970.This is more so a film of history, a movie about movies. This is also a story that can be seen by teenagersrather than the usually violent and gritty movies that he often is known for. When watching the movie atthe surface level this movie can simply be seen as a nicely put together fun family adventure, but uponfurther investigation it is clearly seen that the movie is about Cinema. Hugo is often referred to as “A loveLetter to Cinema”. It looks at the history of film and the technologies used to craft them. It also looksforward into time towards what is to come. This is Martin Scorsese’s first 3D film which ads to thismessage. The film consists of 4 acts unlike the three-act structure that is commonly seen today. The firstact consists of introducing the characters, the second act begins with Hugo meeting Isabelle. The thirdact focuses on films and how they affect the characters in the movie, and finally the last act is the climaxin which Hugo hangs of the clock tower. In a lot of his older work, he uses the more common three actstructure in which the character is introduced followed by their success and finally their demise. The fouracts allow the film to be easily digested by a younger audience. It works to slow down the narrativewhile keeping consistent pacing. Something that is also seen in the film compared to his other works isthat it is not very realistic. This is once again a homage to the past works that came even before him suchas the shot with the moon. This is also a nod to the future because of the extensive usage of CGI in Hugo.CGI is often criticized but in Hugo it is made to feel like the future and does a great job of setting up thescenes. The robots in the movie are also a reference to art coming alive much like what he did with Hugowhen making it 3D.Throughout the movies we see multiple different ways that movies used to be madeand through that he once again references both the setting of the movie and the films that came before.The characters in the movies themselves can also be seen as a reference to filmmakers. For example, thestation Inspector is made to just be a bad character until we as the viewers see his side of the story.Celebrities are often dehumanized by the public and this could a reference to that. The film establishes acontrast between novels and films by showing that cinema is someone’s imagination shown to you whilein novels the reader is often doing the imaging based of what the writer has described.

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Professor
CLARY
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