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Martin Scorsese's Hugo

By Moira Sullivan Cloë Grace Moretz and Asa Butterfield in Hugo. Film history should be taught in grade school, and it is unfortunate that it isn’t because many people today might better appreciate Martin Scorsese's new film Hugo . Ironically, he mixes the techniques of early cinema with today’s and uses 3D for the first time in his career.  Georges Méliès Hugo brings to life one of the greatest creators of magic on the screen, Georges Méliès (1861-1938) The story is based on the novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Zelznick. Scorsese ingeniously employs many cross references in the film that are part of film heritage, such as the crash of a train right through the front of Gare Montparnasse, which actually happened in 1895, and Hugo Cabret holding on to the huge clock of the train station as did Harold Lloyd in a silent film of the 20s.   The film is set in Paris the in the 1920s after the Great War, and no one speaks French. It would appear that S