A valentine to cinema from director – and AFI Life Achievement Award honoree – Martin Scorsese, HUGO (2011) was recognized in the year of its release with an AFI AWARD, naming it among the most outstanding motion pictures of year. According to the official rationale, “HUGO unlocks the hearts of all who love the movies with a key forged by grand illusionist Martin Scorsese. The film beckons audiences into a world of wonder through the eyes of a young hero, a world alive in new ways through Robert Richardson’s resplendent use of 3D. This dazzling adventure is also a meditation on life and loss, deeply rooted in the powerful role movies play in our reality. With a proper tip of the beret to early pioneers Harold Lloyd and George Méliès, we are reminded that each film is a gift, and that when the masters intone, ‘Come dream with me,’ through the magic of the movies, we do.” The film was edited by Scorsese’s longtime collaborator, AFI Honorary Degree recipient Thelma Schoonmaker – and shot by AFI Alum, cinematographer Robert Richardson (AFI Class of 1979).
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