In celebration of this week’s release of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, the Franklin Institute will be holding a series of rare uncased demonstrations of Maillardet’s Automaton, a mechanical boy built in the early 1800s by Swiss mechanician Henri Maillardet.  The device, which served as an inspiration for author Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, is capable of drawing four pictures and three poems with a few simple turns of a crank.  Demonstrations will be held during normal museum hours November 25-27 and December 3-4.

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Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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