The Dream Machine

Scorsese's lost-boy adventure is a masterpiece

Paramount

Asa Butterfield and Chloë Grace Moretz in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

NOV. 23

Martin Scorsese made his rep as the fierce bard of American gangster machismo. From Mean Streets to The Departed, he has sung the body choleric. So why would he make a film of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick's rhapsodically nostalgic children's book? Because Hugo is fascinated by artistic contraptions that cast spells over the audience. And Scorsese, a lifelong lover and promoter of classic films, has never lost his infant wonder at the spectacle of giant images in a darkened movie palace. So Hugo is not only an act of devotion from a modern movie artist to...

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