Make it a Movie Monday: Hugo Cabret Trivia & Giveaway!
I am starting this meme as a way to talk about books that have made their way to film, or to (just for fun) talk about the books we wish would be made into a movie. Discussion is open to talk about any book in any way you want. Who would you have play the leads? Who would direct? Animated or live action? Etc.
As my first entry to the meme, I am holding a giveaway in celebration of the highly acclaimed middle grade novel and movie, The Invention of Hugo Cabret (or Hugo, as it is known on film). Plus, do you want to win a SIGNED hardcover copy of The Invention of Hugo Cabret? If you do, read on!
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
By Brian Selznick
Published March 1, 2007
Ages 9 and up
Author Site | Movie Site
Released in theatres November 23, 2011
A film by Martin Scorsese
Released by Paramount Pictures
Orphan Hugo Cabret lives in a wall. His secret home is etched out in the crevices of a busy Paris train station. Part-time clock keeper, part-time thief, he leads a life of quiet routine until he gets involved with an eccentric, bookish young girl and an angry old man who runs a toy booth in the station. The Invention of Hugo Cabret unfolds its cryptic, magical story in a format that blends elements of picture book, novel, graphic novel, and film. Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator Brian Selznick has fashioned an intricate puzzle story that binds the reader like a mesmerist’s spell.
I ADORE this story and have yet to obtain a copy of his recently released title, Wonder Struck. Shame on me. If you don’t know what The Invention of Hugo Cabret is, it is a middle grade book that blends story with illustration – fantastic illustration. The story is a fantasy, coming-of-age and mystery all mixed in one. And it’s a story that is so much deeper than the cover makes it appear. The novel is a beautiful contribution to any book lover’s collection.
Trivia: Did you know?
- After a screening [of Hugo] that James Cameron attended, he called the film a “masterpiece” and told Martin Scorsese it was the best use of 3D he had seen, including his own films
- Martin Scorsese directed the 3D cinematography by wearing clip-on 3D lenses over his prescription glasses. This is his first foray into 3D.
- During the early scene which introduces the interior of the train station, there are appearances by characters representing Django Reinhardt, James Joyce, and Winston Churchill.
- The movie is set in 1931. But the Django Reinhardt character is shown with a Selmer Maccaferri oval-hole guitar, which was not introduced until 1936. Also, he looks a bit older than the real Django, who would have been just barely 21.
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.
Open to US residents aged 13 and older only.
Giveaway ends at midnight on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.
(The book is signed by the author-illustrator, Brian Selznick.)
Also, check out the film trailer below and tell me what you think!
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