Today is the 150th birthday of Georges Méliès, the remarkable filmmaker celebrated in the wonderful movie Hugo based on the wonderful book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I wish I could claim knowing this on my own, but in fact it was through film scholar Kristen Thompson‘s terrific essay, “HUGO: Scorsese’s birthday present to Georges Méliè,” that I was clued in. The essay is just what I’ve been looking for — a consideration of the movie in terms of film history by an expert. (Via Eric Carpenter.)
Poking around I also found 10 Classic Films You Must Watch Before Seeing Martin Sorcesese’s Hugo* , but think there are still more — especially references to later movie makers like Tati, Truffaut, and Hitchock (at least so I thought). Not to mention other cultural touchstones such as the fleeting glimpses of James Joyce and Salvador Dali. Hmm….I think I may just have to go back myself for a second viewing to look for these.
*After is perfectly fine too.