Blog Post #2 - Hugo


Martin Scorsese, director of "Hugo", the most nominated film at this year's (2012) upcoming Academy Awards, spoke with Lesley Stahl who finds out why the "Maestro of Movie Violence" made the decision to make his first family film.

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19 February 2018

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  1. James Bouy
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction Hour 6
    13 February 2018
    I think the most interesting part of the interview was the talk about him being a rage monster in his early film making and then changing the record with a movie like Hugo. I think the reason why he made so many movies focused on the emotion of anger is because there was a direct correlation between his personal life and his life as a director. In the video it said that when he received the award for Hugo, he called his wife with him and the interviewer mentioned she was his fifth wife. His other unhappy marriages probably fueled him to create movies with such anger and rage that they kind of reflect his life from a certain point of view. Scorsese's daughter also represents a renewal in his life where he is finally happily married AND he has a child. Hugo was probably made as a result of this major turn around in Scorsese's life from anger to happiness. What probably captivated me most about this was Martin Scorsese's way of integrating a little slice of his emotions into the films which makes them so much more interesting

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  2. The thing I found most interesting was how Martin Scorsese & his character Hugo from “Hugo” connected. When Martin was just a little boy, he struggled with severe asthma which confined him to the house only. He wasn’t really allowed to be outside and play like the other kids, instead he would watch from his window & watched how the world interacted. In the same sense, he created Hugo somewhat similar, where Hugo is watching how the station & the people of the town interact behind the numbers inside the clock. He created Hugo like how he felt as a little boy, alone & couldn’t do too much. So he came up with ways to make his life interesting where he didn’t have to leave the house. He began making his own little films & practicing writing little film-scripts for movies, etc. In a way, Martin also connected with Meliés, & I found that interesting as well. How he & Meliés incorporated 3 dimensions in their films creating a sense of depth & reality. They both were very creative in their work & carried it out to the fullest. Martin Scorsese & George Meliés have shaped the future for communication & technology, helped make it more effective.

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  3. Kurt Pahule
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction- 6th Hour
    18 February 2018

    The part that interested me was how Scorsese was basically bed ridden from his asthma and all he could do was look out his window like Hugo. He was also like Melies on how they both like experimenting with new technology. I think Hugo was partially written about Scorsese's life with Hugo not able to leave the train station and Melies who wants to try new technology. Scorsese all his life thought that he was in a movie just like how Hugo thinks everyone has a place in our world or machine, if something is missing the machine does not work

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  4. Matthew Sowinski
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 6
    18 February 2018

    I really haven't seen any other films that were produced by Martin Scorsese, other then Hugo; but, to see 2 sides of him: his anger and rage side, and then his caring family side blew my mind for a bit. For most of his films, it has guns and violence and death, but in Hugo, it was more of telling a story for a younger audience. I was surprise to see that his wife asked him to create something none violent for their daughter to see. While watching the video, I found it fascinating that he was completely different from back then to now (when the interview was done), from being in rage and now to see him more calm now. Overall, it was interesting to see what he looked like and to get to know who he was a bit better.

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  5. Marlia King
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction, 6th hour
    Article review #2
    18 February, 2018

    This film was created for two main reasons. The first reason is that Martin Scorsese wanted to make a film his daughter could watch at her age. The second and more important reason is that Scorsese wanted to pay homage to the pioneer of films, George Melies. This movie a great reminder to all ages of how film making came to be. The usage of the original old films brought some realism into this tale. In addition to that Scorsese also added some aspects of himself into the film through Hugo. Scorsese’s love for films came as a result of asthmatic problems forcing him to stay inside often. He could only look outside with wonderment as the other children played. This aspect of Scorsese is made apparent through Hugo constantly looking through the numbers of the clocks in the train station. Scorsese brought back the magic that was once lost through the years and he is showing his viewers that he is not so ill tempered all the time.

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  6. Da Meh
    Mr.Scheruer
    Modern Fiction 6th Hour
    19 February 2018

    I like how he still have all of the posters and how he have the poster of the older directors and how he explained that it was his inspiration to do what he did. It's really cool how "Hugo" has a connection to how he felt when he was young. It's sad how he was unable to go outside because of his asthma. I'm surprised he had 5 wives and a daughter at the age of 56. Another interesting fact I've learn is that he also does violent films and he has a very bad temper. But it is great that he still have his passion for his films and he is open to the new changing era of technologies.

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  7. Jozhua Arnold
    Mr.Sheuer
    Modern Fiction- hour 1
    18 February 2018

    The most interesting part to me was how Martin Scorsese took thing out of his child hood and put them into Hugo, and how he had it tie into George Melies life. When Martin was a child he really couldn't go outside, and how Hugo really never left the train station. I think that the movie was a great interpretation of George Melies life. After watching this video it gave me a better understanding of the movie and how good it was.

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  8. Jolan Smallwood
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 1
    19 February 2018

    The most interesting part to me was when he talked about his childhood and its influence. To learn about what Robert had to go through in not being able to do things like other kids put more perspective on how Hugo was being portrayed on how fixed he was to the train station. When describing how he wanted to become something great, since being stuck to the house and movie theater, it really showed how dedicated he was to being something more, in a way like Hugo wanted to no longer think of himself as useless. It's stories like these that put more light on how others are unable to do things like the rest of us, but still manage to find something to make themselves feel they've accomplished something grand.

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  9. Marlia King
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction, 6th hour
    Article review #2
    18 February, 2018

    This film was created for two main reasons. The first reason is that Martin Scorsese wanted to make a film his daughter could watch at her age. The second and more important reason is that Scorsese wanted to pay homage to the pioneer of films, George Melies. This movie a great reminder to all ages of how film making came to be. The usage of the original old films brought some realism into this tale. In addition to that Scorsese also added some aspects of himself into the film through Hugo. Scorsese’s love for films came as a result of asthmatic problems forcing him to stay inside often. He could only look outside with wonderment as the other children played. This aspect of Scorsese is made apparent through Hugo constantly looking through the numbers of the clocks in the train station. Scorsese brought back the magic that was once lost through the years and he is showing his viewers that he is not so ill tempered all the time.

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  10. Myah Stamps
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 6th
    February 19

    After watching the video on Martin Scorsese I had a lot of Great parts that were extremely interesting to me. First off, I like how he was able to relate to the movie Hugo. I had no idea that he had asthma and looked outside of his window at all the other kids playing because he just wanted to fit in and be a part of something. This is just like Hugo. All he wanted was to be able to fit in and have acceptance in the world. I also like how inside of his office he had many other movie directors on his wall. Often times when I think of famous people they tend to give off the impression of being cocky or feeling as though no one is on their level and that they’re better than everyone. The fact that Martin Scorsese’s had many other movie directors on his wall shows that he is extremely humble and Looks up to other directors wanting to mimic and maybe even be just like them.

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  11. Cj Crump
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction-Hour 6
    February 19th, 2018

    The video was based on Martin Scorsese’s decision to make the film “Hugo” a movie for children to understand and relate to. All of his other films were made with violence, gore, and strong language in them. “Hugo” is a child’s movie that shows through hard work you can do anything. Scorses’ Also gave a taste of what George Melieies was like and how he changed the way we see movies.

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  12. Rae'Kell Ferguson
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 1st Hour
    February 19, 2018

    In this interview, Martin explains certain things that reminds us of Hugo. He didn't really fit in as a child. Hugo had a hard time fitting in as well because he didn't have a family or friends until he met new people. Martin just wanted to grow up and be something great. He did just that by making films. He stayed motivated even though many didn't accept him. Hugo also stayed motivated when people rejected him. He stayed motivated when George, the main key to his life, kept pushing him away. This film relates so much to Martin and this is why he probably fell in love with the book and decided to make the film.



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  13. Michael Mason
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 6th
    19 February, 2018

    In my opinion the best part of the video was learning about why his movies were the way they were. He has a bad temper and that influenced the kind of movies he would later make in life. I also liked that Martin Scorsese made the movie relate to his own life. As a kid he was more like Hugo, very sheltered from the world and wanting to see more that outside of his window. He was also like George Melies in a sense that he loved not only making films, but also watching them as well. Martin also said that he made this movie so different from his others, because his wife wanted their daughter to be able to see at least one of Martin’s movies. Based on the movie Hugo, you would never expect Scorsese to be so creatively different and unique.

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  14. Katherine Scheuer
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 1st hour
    19 February 2018

    There were many parts that I found interesting watching this video. I found it interesting that Martin Scorsese's office is full of movie posters that have inspired him and the professor in Hugo did something similar to that by having a lot of things from George Melies who is his inspiration. The biggest interesting fact I found was one of Scorsese's reasons to make Hugo and that was to a movie so his daughter could watch it. He is known for directing movies with anger and violence in it and it was a good surprise to see that he directed a film so that children could watch it.

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  15. Jaren Windham
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 1st hour
    February 19

    After watching this video about Martin Scorsese the part I found most interesting is that George Milies was real and his films were real. I thought that he was just a character in the movie Hugo. Also it's cool that he was the founder of many things in movies such as special effects and color. I thought it was really interesting that Martin and many other directors follow after Milies and make quality movies.

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  16. Ralph Rey Montecillo
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction
    19 February 2018

    From the start of the video it already got my attention because it talks about Hugo. It talks more about Hugo and was more in-depth with the film. One of the thing that also got my attention was when they talked about him having asthma and watching movies. Him making connection with the movie Hugo is really cool. Also him dreaming his own movies and using them in Hugo. Him being angry for 25 years also got my attention because I honestly thought no one could be that angry for so long and that he had a bad temper and breaking machines.

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  17. Jacob Kohlmeier
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction Hour 1
    19 February 2018
    I think the most interesting part of the interview to me was the connection of Martin's own childhood to Hugo's. Martin spoke of looking out his window at the other children he wasn't able to play with, in the same way Hugo looks out from the clock. He also speaks of spending a lot of time in the movie theater watching movies as Hugo did, and these connections fascinate me. They show why Martin identified with the story and and why he wanted to make this movie over all the other ideas.

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  18. Ryan Downs
    Mr.scheuer
    Modern fiction 1st hour
    February 19

    Martin Scorsese has created this film showing the world the process of how films developed. Also making a film that his children could watch. My favorite part is how Hugo is a orphan in a huge train station and is able to survive on his own showing independence. And also being able to be apart of a family at the end with George and his grand daughter

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  19. Kaliph Cox


    Mr. Scheuer


    Modern Fiction 6th


    February 19, 2018



    The most interesting thing about the video is that when they were making the movie Hugo they recorded it in 3D and they didn't know what they were going to get while they were recording or what they were going to look like. Also, how they used real life scenarios in the movies, and he listened to his wife and changed his movie style and make a film that his 12-year-old daughter could watch without violence. In the movie they showed how the first special effects n films were used and how people love it. This shows how other directors followed suit and as time went on the effects got better.

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  20. Daijah Stephens
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 6
    February 19

    I learned a lot about Martin Scorsese after watching the video. I like that Martin took a real person, George Melies, and put him as a character in the book. It lets the viewers enjoy a movie while learning about George Melies and his work. I learned that the movie was based off of a book. I also learned that Martin won the "Best Director's Award". I thought it was very sweet that Martin made the movie because his daughter asked him too. Martin gave his daughter a gift that she can enjoy and will not forget. After watching this video I learned that Martin is a very humble man. After watching this video I thought back to the movie Hugo and now I see a lot of Martin Scorsese in the film.

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  21. MarKeise Warren
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 6th
    February 19th


    This film was created to show, how the old directors that made everything from way back started the way movies are today. The old directors really do not get that much credit and Scorsese wanted to remind the audience on how everything started. The film was great and was a classical movie for a lot a kids to enjoy. It showed the range on what kind of movies Scorses can make. Scorses really was just known for his drama, and action movies but this film really brought out a different since of Scorses and that is why it is a wonderful film to enjoy.

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  22. Kris Daniel
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern fiction 6th hour
    19 February 2018


    There were many interesting parts of the Martin Scorsese interview, and one of the most interesting was when they talked about his upbringing and how that had an effect on his movie styles. The fact that he had asthma and could not participate in the activities that other kids could and he didn't use that as an excuse or a crutch, but he powered threw it and actually used it as motivation is very impressive. If he had given up he wouldn't have become the great director and filmmaker he is today. He always could've given up and taken the easy way and just let his anger overtake him and he could've lived a life of great regret but he was determined not to be mediocre, and that led to some masterpieces like Hugo.

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  23. Khalehla Smith
    Mr . Scheuer
    Modern fiction
    Feb 19th

    This video made me realise that people can actually relate to what Hugo was going through . Like Hugo he was a outcast. He barely had any friends and he would sit at his window and look at the kids play. He is an amazing director and the fact that he is so humble and looks up to other directors and can have more input other than his own experiences added in his films is what makes the films he creates so good. I really liked this video.

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  24. Chyna Bryant
    Mr. Scheur
    Modern Fiction 6th hour
    Feb. 19th

    I think its cool how he transitioned with his films like that just for his daughter. His kovies were cleary full of gory and violence and to make a movie just for his daughter and to win a Grammy award for it is great. I also think its great that he chose to honor George because he was amazing at what he did and finally got the correct recognition for it. The video was very imformative and helpful.

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  25. Ka'Sha Gilbert
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction
    20 February 2018

    One of the most interesting parts of the interview is how Scorsese connected his childhood to character Hugo. He was restricted from doing a lot if activity because of his health and Hugo was restricted because of his secrets. The fact that they were just making the movie in the 3-D and how no idea how it was going to turn out was amazing too because no they had that much faith in themselves. I was also shocked that George Melies was based off of a person in real since I was not aware.

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  26. Raven Goins
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 1st Hour
    Feb 20, 2018

    I found it very interesting that Martin related to Hugo. It's interesting that, he was the boy looking out of clock like Hugo, but instead looking out of a clock, he was looking out of his window. He was also like George. While sitting in the house and not being able to actually experience life, outside of the house, he wrote a lot of plays. Plays that have gotten Martin a long way. Also, he admitted that he's been angry for 25 years and that's the reason why is movies are full of anger. You would never expected someone like him to be angry.

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  27. Mayah Kroupa
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 6
    21 February 2018


    I think the interview was interesting in the way that it made clear connections between Hugo and Scorsese. He was not only interested in the fact that they both looked through a window as a boy, a clock for Hugo, but they both were looking out upon things they could not do. And also, for his film editor to be with him for that long is amazing. Especially when he was breaking machines and what not, it really shows the character of the people he chooses to work with. I think that Scorsese is not mellowing out compared to his past films but that he realizes he can get a much greater message across to more people when he uses less violence and makes his audience do more thinking.

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  28. Jamaro
    Modern Fiction
    1st hour
    February 19th
    I believe that the most interesting in this interview was that he created Hugo in his image and how much they had in common. Both coming from a place where they wanted to fit in and find what their great in. Also that they both came from trying to do what’s best for them. For Hugo it was building things and being adventurous and for Martin it was filmmaking which was a great choice. That’s what stood out the most to me.

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  29. Angelique ward
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern fiction
    Feb 19th


    This video of the movie Hugo, relate to the movie and have the watcher think of the movie in a open visual way . And also to have people to relate to Hugo as a person in real life and not on screen , like not having a lot of friends and having a way to make it on his own . This movie is very interesting and humble to watch i feel like the director did a very good job directing this movie and putting real life own experience in the films and finding a positive ways to solve it , this movie is creativity and I like this video to show more about the movie people might have answer too .

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  30. Cannon Coleman
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern fiction hour 6
    2/21/18

    I feel like the most interesting part of this video is about how George was able to make these films with color that no one has seen before. It shows the creativity he had to be able to think of it and also shows that he loved films enough to add color to it. It’s also amazing that he had to color every single slide in the film to make sure everything had color. That was a highly difficult process that took long amounts of time.

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  31. Melvin Hood
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction, 6th Hour
    2/21/18

    I’ve never seen what Martin Scorsese looks like before I’ve only ever seen or heard his name as the director of several films so this was interesting for me. It made sense that scorsese made the films “The Wolf of Wall Street” Because of how angry he admits to being sometimes. Now I can fully understand the parallel between Hugo and his other movies because of how different they are. The most interesting part of the interview was when they showed how much George Melies actually looks like Ben kingsley; That's perfect casting right there!

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  32. Keith Thrower
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction

    I like how this video shows how Scorsese can turn a real life ordeal into a movie. He made Hugo a relatable character and the audience was able to connect with him based on real life experiences that some of us probably have went through and one point or another in our life. I also liked how he adapted his movie type to make a family movie for once so his daughter could enjoy his type of creative expression through his film making.

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  33. Jamaro Powell
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern fiction
    Feb 19th


    The video was very interesting the most shocking part about the video is how much Martin and Hugo has so much in common. They both came from a state of mind of what is their purpose in life. For Hugo after his father passed away he knew it was more to his life than just fixing clocks and running away from train stations police. For Martin being sick as a kid he really couldn't hang with the other kids and do what they do so he felt left out. So he just imagine making movies which turned out pretty great. That's the most interesting part in this interview to me.

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  34. Chyna Bryant
    Mr. Sheuer
    Modern Fiction
    Feb 19th

    I think it's really sweet how he decided to make a movie totally out of the normal for him just for his daughter. I also think it's great the George got the recognition he deserves. Especially a whole movie dedicated to him. The whole plot behind the movie is really good. How he took something out of his comfort zone and made it one of the most popular movies today. I love that he is so humble and creative.

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  35. Hannah Weymier
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern fiction hour 1
    Feb. 20 2018

    I feel like by making the movie Hugo, Michael Scorsese was trying to inform people that there are people like Hugo (outcasts) everywhere around them. Scorsese really made this theme prevalent in Hugo because he had the most experience on the subject and understood what Hugo was going through throughout the film. I always find it comforting to hear about famous directors, actors, and actresses difficulties or setbacks in life as children. It always reminds me that if someone as famous/successful as them can overcome major obstacles in life, then I can accomplish anything I can set my mind to, and I can achieve (mainly) any goal I make for myself.

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  36. Jamaro Powell
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern fiction
    Feb 19th


    The video was very interesting the most shocking part about the video is how much Martin and Hugo has so much in common. They both came from a state of mind of what is their purpose in life. For Hugo after his father passed away he knew it was more to his life than just fixing clocks and running away from train stations police. For Martin being sick as a kid he really couldn't hang with the other kids and do what they do so he felt left out. So he just imagine making movies which turned out pretty great. That's the most interesting part in this interview to me.

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  37. Patrick Clinton
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction
    February 23rd


    The interview was interesting, but the part that stood out to me is how use to make angry movies because he said he was angry for 25 years. But when he made Hugo it changed everything. When he was younger he was just like Hugo, because he was unable to join everyone else, so he’ll watch everyone from his window. From him not being able to do things that kids do because he was sick he found something that interest him more just like Hugo.

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  38. Timothy Davis
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 6th hour
    February 24th

    The most interesting part about this interview was the connection between Martin and Hugo. The similarities between Martin as a child and how he grew up isolated in a way from other children and with Hugo being an orphan and alone most of his life give the film a more emotional feel as you realize the connection between the director and his film. How he had Hugo staring out the clock tower much like he would stare out the window as a child and feeling left out kind of upholds one of the main themes of the movie which was finding your place in the world, kind of like how Hugo filled that void by fixing the automaton and how Martin used films you can begin to see how much of himself he outs into his work. It's really interesting to see how people can turn the worst situations into something amazing and worthwhile.

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  39. Chyna Bryant
    Mr. Scheuer
    February 19th 2019.
    Modern Fiction
    I think Hugo is a great movie and I love the message behind it. I also love how he changed his entire genre of movies just to create one his daughter can see. His really seems like a nice and humble guy. I'm interested in viewing other movies of his. In the video there were a few clips of them and it really sparked an interest.

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  40. Patrick Clinton
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction
    February 23rd


    The interview was interesting, but the part that stood out to me is how use to make angry movies because he said he was angry for 25 years. But when he made Hugo it changed everything. When he was younger he was just like Hugo, because he was unable to join everyone else, so he’ll watch everyone from his window. From him not being able to do things that kids do because he was sick he found something that interest him more just like Hugo.

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  41. Tasia Xiong
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - 6th hr
    March 11th, 2018

    One of the interesting things that I liked is how we can see how the director, Mark evolved through the years with his films. I also liked that we could see his personal experience shown through Hugo. We can see his life as a child that wanted to be out with friends and stuff like how Hugo looked through the clock, wanting to be with a family and stuff. But he also showed himself through George miles too. we could also see how he grew as a person too.

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  42. Lexis Ferguson
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 1st hr
    March 14th, 2018

    The most interesting part of the interview was the fact that the movie Hugo is based off of a book, and that he did not know of this book until his daughter gave him the suggestion. I thought that he just thought about making a movie, and wrote the script. The fact that he followed the book closely, compared to the movie was pretty cool too. Like, the part where they opened the book, and a picture of one of the movie characters was an exact replica of one of the shots in the movie. Another very interesting thing to me was finding out that Hugo was really written for his daughter, because all of his other "great films" were violent.

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  43. Donavan Malone
    Mr.Scheur
    Modern Fiction 6th
    May 15th, 2018

    The most interesting part of the interview was the connection with him and Hugo. It's is an amazing thing to see someone turn their childhood problems into art. Most of his works were full of anger. In this film he was able to create a great movie with a good message and strayed away from anger and negativity.

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