An instant classic
IF IT wasn’t for running into the unique and uber- stylish The Artist at this year’s Academy Awards, director Martin Scorsese could well have been walking away with another best director gong, such is the quality of this charmer. It’s the story of an orphaned young boy living in a Paris train station where he works keeping the clocks in time and tinkering with an automaton that his late father was trying to fix. While doing so he crosses paths with a well- read young girl and together the two try to solve the mystery of his mysterious object which strangely has links with the surly old toy store owner – the girl’s guardian – who works at the station. Lovers of film will delight in this classic story which is not only a delightfully whimsical tale but also a touching tribute to cinema. Extras: ½ Just a making of featurette but with a run time of nearly 20 minutes and with plenty of cast and crew interviews, it covers a fair bit about the production and story’s origins.