The first official trailer of Martin Scorsese's holiday film 'Hugo' is a major departure for the filmmaker who's spent much of his career chronicling gangsters.

The movie (which is based on the novel by by Brian Selznick) tells the story of Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield), an orphan who is left a magical invention by his father (Jude Law). He finds shelter in the walls of a train station, where he meets Isabelle (Chloe Moretz) and is hounded by the comical station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen).

Although Scorsese's done period film before with 'The Age of Innocence,' he's never done anything this whimsical. The milieu, turn-of-the-century Paris, evokes early film pioneers Georges Méliès and the Lumieres.' So does the style, which looks more like the work of another fanciful French filmmaker, 'Amelie' and 'City of Children' director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

And did we mention it's in 3D? See the trailer after the jump.




What do you think? Scorsese's already done documentary tributes to the Italian and American films that inspired him, now this looks like his homage to early French cinema.

This snippet in particular, recalls Méliès' 'Trip to the Moon' (and that Méliès-inspired Smashing Pumpkins 'Tonight Tonight' video) doesn't it?


[Via Deadline]