An in­stant clas­sic

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies -

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.

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