Earlier in the year I purchased a book called, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. It’s a 500 plus page picture book of sorts, with beautiful illustrations and inserts of old film stills. the story follows hugo cabret, orphan, clock keeper apprentice and thief, who’s secrets are eventually intertwined with the past life of a mysterious toy booth owner and his curious goddaughter. In essence, the story is a love letter to legendary film maker Georges Méliès but to find out how he fits in, you’ll just have to see for yourself.
admittedly, i found the first few chapters to be stressful due to unfortunate turns but by the time i put the book down, i was left with tenderness. very heartwarming and sweet. you can read the book in an hour but you will surely want to go back and look at the illustrations again. definitely a recommended read.
Georges Méliès’ “A Trip To the Moon” was one of the first movies ever and his use of special effects were years beyond his time. This particular film is featured in the book, and interestingly I had actually seen it not too long ago. I can’t remember how I would have ever come across the short film, but I was deeply inspired by the dreamlike visuals Méliès created. Even more amazing is the day we live in now where you can see the whole film on youtube. Check it out, it’s really something else.