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Automata Systematic

In anticipation of the Martin Scorsese movie, take Brian Selznick’s magnificent The Invention of Hugo Cabret to the beach. The kids will love it too.

The children’s book released in 2007 was a less-than-guilty pleasure of parents when it hit bookshelves. Featuring the wondrous illustrations of Brian Selznick, Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures is the tale of an orphan and a robot that live within the walls of a train station in 1930s-era Paris. Inspired by the imagery of the great silent filmmaker Georges Melies-famous for his trippy 1902 film A Trip to the Moon– the book is going to sell out when the Scorsese adaptation hits theaters in November. Filmmaker Melies was also famous for his automata collection: creepy life-sized robots (think: those boardwalk fortuneteller boxes). We can’t wait to see Scorsese’s take on them. A true departure for the tough-guy director, “Hugo” boasts a huge cast of our favorite character actors, among them Ben Kingsley, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee and Sacha Baron Cohen with Jude Law and Emily Mortimer in starring roles. Here, an image of the book jacket, and a film still from Melies’ most famous film, said to have been the first movie to feature special effects that inspired the Spielberg’s and Lucas’s of today.