The most surprising thing about the Martin Scorsese-directed children's film 'Hugo'? Take your pick: that Scorsese -- notorious for his depictions of onscreen violence -- actually directed a children's film, or that he shot said film in 3D. As it turns out, Scorsese has long been a fan of the third dimension -- dating back to 'House of Wax,' the 1953 Vincent Price horror film -- and loved shooting 'Hugo' in the format so much that he wouldn't be opposed to continuing the 3D experiment.
Said Scorsese in an interview with Deadline:
I don't think there's a subject matter that can't absorb 3D; that can't tolerate the addition of depth as a storytelling technique. We view everyday life with depth. I think certain subject matters aren't meant for 3D but you have to go back to Technicolor; when it was used in 1935 with Becky Sharp. For about 10-15 years, Technicolor was relegated to musicals, comedies and westerns. It wasn't intended for the serious genres, but now everything is in color. And so it's just a different mindset. Granted once the technology advances and you can eliminates glasses that are hindrances to some moviegoers, so why not? It's just a natural progression.As for which of his films would work best in 3D? "Let's see ... 'Aviator,' maybe?" he said. "Maybe 'Taxi Driver' ... because of the intimidation of the main character, his presence is everywhere, a frightening kind of presence."
So, stay tuned for that 'Taxi Driver' 3D re-release you've always been waiting for.
'Hugo' has grossed a surprising $15 million since release on Wednesday.
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