Georges Méliès is the owner of the toy shop that Hugo Cabret often steals from. He used to be a filmmaker until World War I, when his movies fell into oblivion.


a cutting-edge French filmmaker famous for leading the way in many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinematography. He was a pioneer in the use of special effects, paving the way for future advances in the industry. He discovered the stop trick, or substitution, by accident in 1896, and was one of the first filmmakers to use such effects as time-lapse photography, scene-dissolves, multiple exposures, and hand-painted colorization.

Influence on HugoEdit

According to author Brian Selznick:

"Georges Méliès is a very important part of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Georges Méliès (pronounced mel-YEZ) was a famous filmmaker who worked from the 1890s through the 1920s. He made the world’s first science fiction movie. It was called A Trip to the Moon, and it was really magical and strange.

The movie was made in 1902. I saw it a long time ago and I thought to myself, “one day I would like to write a story about the man who made this film.”"[1]

Film roleEdit

Georges Méliès appeared in the 2011 film Hugo.


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