An important and active ambassador for the preservation and restoration of film, Martin Scorsese injects gentle nostalgia into a poignant, fictional tale about a young boy whose fascination with moving parts sets in motion causal events – like clockwork. Following the deaths of both parents, Hugo is taken in by his alcoholic uncle and hidden away within the walls of a lively but cold train station in 1930s Paris, where he toils endlessly and invisibly to ensure no one sees what lies behind the illusion. A clever and enchanting tale that brings together some of the most significant moments in early film history with great respect and admiration for the innovators of a craft. With great homage to George Melies, Scorsese pays his respects to the medium and the makers that have fueled his passion and given it an onscreen life. For a film that is so very much about its medium, its history, and its lived experience, there could be no better setting in which to see it than The Astor Theatre. Hugo viewed within these 1930s deeply cinematic walls ensures a simply enchanting evening. TJ
The Invention of Hugo Cabret concerns a 12-year-old orphan who lives in the walls of a Paris train station in 1930 and a mystery involving the boy, his late father and a robot.