You may have never heard of Georges Melies, but you're probably familiar with his short film, A Trip to the Moon. The pioneer filmmaker, who made hundreds of films and advanced storytelling and special effects in movies prior to WWI, died in poverty and relative obscurity.
The story of this talented and tragic man is the center of Brian Selznick’s novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It's the tale of a mechanically inclined Parisian boy, Hugo, who's inspired to build an automaton—a form of robot—from a book given to him by his father. But seeing as young Hugo is a poor orphan, he has to steal mechanical parts from a toymaker and flee a policeman bent on sending him to an orphanage. But the fate of the automaton and the fate of Melies are at stake.
The novel is the basis for the 2011 film Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese, which is screening today during the Books to Film Movie Night at the Library at Collister at 6:30 p.m. Bring some snacks and a covered drink. Admission is free.