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Motherless Brooklyn

DIRECTED BY Edward Norton

Country: United States
Language: English

Running Time: 144min
Film Year: 2019
Category: Films

Twenty years in the making, Edward Norton’s passion project Motherless Brooklyn finds the famed actor working quadruple duty as writer, director, producer and star of this inventive adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel of the same name.

Growing up an orphan with Tourette syndrome, Lionel (Norton) spent his early years trying to find his place in the world. Then private detective Frank Minna (Bruce Willis) took him under his wing. Now a full-fledged employee of Frank’s agency, Lionel finds his world turned upside down when Frank is murdered. Determined to solve the mystery of who killed his mentor, Lionel sets off on a quest that takes him from Brooklyn to Harlem, where he discovers a trail of shocking political corruption in the process.

With a remarkable sense of style, Norton’s adaptation reimagines Lethem’s lauded 1999 novel as a gumshoe detective story taking place in the 1950s. Nailing the film noir aesthetic thanks to impeccable camerawork from cinematographer Dick Pope, Norton’s film is a creative and deeply ambitious sight to behold. With a star-studded supporting cast made up of Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Willem Dafoe, Motherless Brooklyn is a testament to the power of personal dedication – both in the memorable characterization of Lionel, and the resolute commitment of Edward Norton himself.

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Director: Edward Norton
Producer: Stuart Blumberg, Edward Norton
Screenwriter: Edward Norton
Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures

Music: Craig Armstrong
Cinematographer: Dick Pope
Editor: Joe Klotz

Cast: Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Leslie Mann, Bobby Cannevale

Edward Norton

Edward Norton is an actor, writer, director and producer. He has starred in critically acclaimed films such as Primal Fear (96), American History X (98), and Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (14) – all three of which landed him Academy Awards acting nominations – as well as Fight Club (99), The Illusionist (06), and Moonrise Kingdom (12). As a director, he has made two films, Keeping the Faith (00), and Motherless Brooklyn (19).