Scorsese on Hugo: "It's a heightened reality"
Martin Scorsese absolutely meets expectations when you meet him. Jovial and jolly, even with jetlag, he just puts you in a great mood straight away. Hugo has been called a love letter to cinema from Scorsese. And you can see how keen he is to talk about capturing the early (1920s) cinema that features heavily towards the end of this wonderfully pretty 3D family movie. His passion for film is front and centre throughout.
There's isn't a trace of self-satisfaction, even with the flood of positive reviews for Hugo, all of them praising the Goodfellas director's ability to turn his hand to an entirely new genre, a new audience and the new 3D technology.
Random interview observation: Martin Scorsese has always been nicknamed 'eyebrows'. Given the chance to look at the charming, tiny director up close, I took the opportunity to study his above-the-eye area. I can reveal that there are flecks of grey in among those luscious black brows nowadays. He even has some of those weirdly long brow-hairs that the elder gentleman sprouts. He is 69, after all.
Hugo is released on 2 December.
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