I watched a lot of old movies while I was working on The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The book takes
place in 1931, just about the time that sound film was first introduced to the cinema. One of my favorite
movies from this time period is a French film called Under the Roofs of Paris. Click
here to learn about
At one point in The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Hugo tells Isabelle that he had once seen a movie called
Safety Last. It’s a very funny movie made in 1928 starring an actor named Harold Lloyd. If you’d
like to learn more about this movie, click here.
I also watched a movie that was made a few decades later about a twelve year old boy who runs away
from home and lives on his own for a few nights in Paris. The boy reminded me of Hugo. If you are an
adult or an older kid, I strongly recommend you see this incredible movie. It’s
called The 400 Blows,
by the director Francois Truffaut (you might also like his movies Small
Change and The
Wild Child). Remember, these movies are in French, so you’ll have to read the subtitles
if you don’t speak French, but don’t worry because it’s easy to read subtitles.
Another movie that was very important to The Invention of Hugo Cabret was Zero
for Conduct by Jean
Vigo. It’s about rebellion at a boy’s boarding school in France in the 1930’s. It’s
like a dream about childhood and was also a favorite of Francois Truffaut’s. If you’d like
to learn more about this movie, click here.
And of course I watched a lot of movies by Georges Méliès when I was researching The
Invention of Hugo Cabret. Click
here to watch his most famous movie, A Trip
to the Moon.
Click here to learn about a DVD called Méliès
the Magician, which has a documentary
about Georges Méliès and several of his movies, including A Trip to
By the way, if you ever have any questions about any movie in the world, here is a website that can
probably answer your questions. Just click here.