Scorsese’s Next Invention

Short Takes — Jan 22, 2010

Following in the triumphant recent footsteps of Wes Anderson and Spike Jonze, Martin Scorsese is, according to reports in Variety and the Guardian, likely turning to children’s literature for his next movie. And we’re big fans of the source material: author-illustrator Brian Selznick’s fanciful Caldecott Medal–winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a dazzlingly drawn, 550-page (!) storybook about a young orphan’s relationship with the mysterious Georges Meliès in turn-of-the-century Paris. Its combination of fantasy and film history should certainly make for a nice fit with movie-mad Scorsese. Incidentally, Selznick wrote a lovely appreciation for Criterion of another magical child’s-eye view of Paris: The Red Balloon.

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