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Scorsese screens “Hugo” in New York, impresses with 3D tricks – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As anticipated, Martin Scorsese brought a work-in-progress print of his 3D family fantasy “Hugo” to the New York Film Festival Monday night. The Oscar-winning filmmaker was on hand to introduce the film, which received high marks from attendees for its 3D imagery yet took a few hits for its plotting.

“So this is a work in progress,” Scorsese told the crowd, according to Movieline. “The visual effects are temporary. The 3-D is still being worked on, and the sound mixes are temporary. The music for the most part is still temporary. That means it’s an actual score but it’s on temporary instruments. He’s recording it now in London — Howard Shore. The credits are 2-D, and there aren’t that many on there right now. And you will see a few wonderful green screens. You can put in anything you want.

“So look!” the director continued. “I hope you enjoy it, and I hope that those of you who do like it come and see the final film.”

Stu VanAirsdale, covering for Movieline, said the plot of the film largely works.

“Scorsese and his ‘Aviator’ screenwriter John Logan have adapted Brian Selznick’s acclaimed novel-comic hybrid ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ as a pure tribute to not only cinema, but also the endangered legacies of its earliest practitioners,” he writes.

The general consensus on “Hugo” is that it starts softly, with some wondering why Scorsese, of all people, would be interested in telling what comes across as a family film. But the second half, immersed in a deep love of cinema, is all Scorsese, and reportedly explains why the project caught the director’s eye in the first place.

“Hugo is messy and beautiful and film nerds will love to show it to their kids, who probably won’t get any of it … yet,” Tweeted Erik Davis of Movies.com.

“Hugo was gorgeous and quite charming, but I think it will divide audiences and critics alike. Certainly will see it again,” said Ed Douglas of ComingSoon.

Which is Scorsese’s hope. The finished “Hugo” arrives in theatres on Nov. 23. Will you see it? And if so, will you see it in 3D?

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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