Unwinding the film spool: Hugo, Méliès, and our return to early film

Duckett, Victoria 2014, Unwinding the film spool: Hugo, Méliès, and our return to early film, Studies in documentary film, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 33-42, doi: 10.1080/17503280.2014.903584.

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Title Unwinding the film spool: Hugo, Méliès, and our return to early film
Author(s) Duckett, VictoriaORCID iD for Duckett, Victoria orcid.org/0000-0001-7867-5014
Journal name Studies in documentary film
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Start page 33
End page 42
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1750-3280
Keyword(s) film
Martin Scorsese
choreographed performance
Summary Taking Martin Scorsese's Hugo (2011) as a case study, this article explains that early film is misleadingly framed in terms of a simple non-fiction/fiction binary. The author argues that early non-fiction Lumière film instead gives evidence of choreographed performance just as Méliès' magical works document the satiric and often critical humour of the French Incoherent movement. Rather than dismiss Hugo, however, the author suggests that these themes and critical concerns have been cleverly re-located and absorbed by Martin Scorsese into the choreography, performance and humour of Hugo itself.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17503280.2014.903584
Field of Research 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30064568

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