Behind the Scenes: "Hugo"

With the recent release of Martin Scorsese's film, "Hugo," based on Brian Selznick's Caldecott Award winning novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret,"  in theaters and generating Oscar buzz, some may wish to delve deeper into the movie's rich cinematic history, accessible via the SLCL database page. The story centers around an orphaned boy living in a Paris train station and the relationship he forms with the station's toy shop owner and goddaughter. What some viewers may not realize is that "Hugo" pays homage to the life and works of real life French filmmaker Georges Méliès. Méliès, who began his career as a professional magician, went on to become one of the great silent filmmakers, creating over 500 films, many of which were applauded for their special effects.  

References to Méliès' works in "Hugo" include the skeletal horse from "Cinderella" / Cendrillon (1899) and the spaceship landing in the moon's eye from "A Trip to the Moon" / Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902), to name a few. Those wishing to explore the images from these films and others may find Wilson's Cinema Image Gallery database a valuable resource. The database includes both photographs of Méliès, as well as stills from many of his works.  

The Cinema Image Gallery database, which features pictures, posters, and video clips dating from the late 19th century to the present day, is accessible from the SLCL database page. Once there, select "C" for Cinema Image Gallery, viewers will be taken to the database.  Library users who type in the name George Méliès in the search box are given a variety of still images, from photos of the man himself, to photos from various sets of his films.  

Film buffs will find this database useful as a starting point to research and enjoy the history behind many of their favorite films and television shows.  

--Connie D., Rock Road


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