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The Invention of Hugo Cabret: Home

A film about automaton and the creator of cinema

Paris Montparnasse

The train from Granville ended up in the street, one floor below having overun the buffers at Gare Montparnasse on 22 October 1895. Click here to find out more. 

A Trip to the Moon

A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the moon.

Used throughout the book.

Safety Last

When a store clerk organises a contest to climb the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself.

Mentioned in Part 1, Chapter 8

The Million

An impoverished painter and his rival engage in a race across Paris to recover a jacket concealing a winning lottery ticket.

Mentioned in Part 1, Chapter 9

A Train Arrives in a Station

A group of people are standing in a straight line along the platform of a railway station, waiting for a train, which is seen coming at some distance. When the train stops at the platform, the line dissolves. The doors of the railway-cars open, and people on the platform help passengers to get off.

(Mentioned in Part 2, Chapter 4)

The Book



“If you've ever wondered where your dreams come from when you go to sleep at night, just look around. This is where they are made.” 

 “If you lose your purpose ... it's like you're broken.”

“In that moment, the machinery of the world lined up. Somewhere a clock struck midnight, and Hugo's future seemed to fall perfectly into place.”

Brian Selznick  

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Georges Melies


Check out the Wikipedia entry on the famous film maker.

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Use this link to learn about automota.

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Franklin Institute

See the original automoton that inspired the book.

There are videos of the toy in motion.

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Paris Exposition 1937

Paris Exposition 1937

Hugo as a Silent Movie

Watch the first few pages of the book as if they were a silent movie.

Train Crash at Montparnasse

                                                                 Learn about the real train crash here.




A New Take on the Old

Can you see any similarities between this song video and the original Georges Melies' film?


 Learn about Prometheus at this website.

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