Scene Analysis of the Movie Hugo

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The movie ‘Hugo’ is set in Paris in the early 1930s after the First World War. Hugo Cabret is a young orphan who lives in the train station clock tower. He was supposed to be the apprentice of his uncle in the clock tower after his father died in a fire. But his no good drunkard uncle disappeared and he found himself operating the clock tower alone, while having no means to cash his uncle’s salary. His will to live stems from the fact that he wants to solve the mystery behind the automaton, the only thing his father left him. So he spends his days operating the clock tower, stealing food and trying to find spare parts to fix his automaton, which he steals from the ‘confiserie et jouets’ shop around the corner of the train station.
In the scene, we see Isabella and Hugo going up the clock tower and looking down at the magnificent sight of Paris. But somehow, Paris has the reflection of a working machine going round and round, while in the midst stands the Eiffel Tower and the ‘Arc de Triomphe’. It depicts scenic realism. We are then switched to an image of the turning wheels of the clocks. We see a relationship with the Clocks and Paris, in that they are both machines, albeit different kinds. They function in different ways in that people make up the functioning of Paris while wheels ticking and turning make up the functioning of the clock tower. They are also controlled differently, one by Hugo and the other by nature and God. Hugo looking down at Paris tells Isabelle, ‘I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is mission in this world to fix things or more specifically machines. After all, even Hugo is a machine in some ways, and so is every human. Humans are the smaller machines that help the big machine, which is the world to function properly. Therefore this is the purpose of Hugo as a smaller...

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