Growing up suffering from asthma, Scorsese often found himself staring out of the window, unable to join friends on the street. "That, I think, was the first connection" to the character, Scorsese said. "I loved the idea of a young person who's unable to join in, 'cause of me with my asthma and that sort of thing. . . . Because of this illness, I really couldn't participate. I was always observing," like a voyeur.
And like Scorsese, who discovered new worlds when his father took him to the movies, Hugo's world is opened up when he discovers the work of a lost master of cinema.
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