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Hugo’s ‘Automaton’ will be demonstrated this weekend at Franklin Institute


There has been a lot of hoopla surrounding Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s first venture into 3D territory.

What many in the tri-state area might not be aware of however, is the connection the movie has to Philadelphia.

‘Hugo’  was made into a motion picture after the huge success of Brian Selznick’s novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.”  Part of Selznick’s inspiration was The Franklin Institute’s Maillardet Automaton, a mechanical boy (built circa 1800) that writes poetry and draws sketches.

Philly2Philly was lucky enough to see a demonstration of the Automaton last week. Check it out!

You can see the Automaton demonstration for yourself at The Franklin Institute this weekend

Click HERE for the scheduled times!

Brilliant camera work by Nick Lanciano from Lanciano Productions

Special thanks to Kat Stein,Stefanie Santo and Kristin Qualls of The Franklin Institute for making this possible!

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

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