It is hard to believe that it has been nineteen years since Edward Norton
stepped behind the camera to direct a feature film. A two-decade sabbatical means that Motherless Brooklyn
would be something special, but in fact, the filmmaker has been trying to get the film made for many years – reportedly developing the movie since the early 2000s.
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Adapted from the Jonathan Lethem
book of the same name – which is set in and around New York City in the 1990s, Norton – who acts as actor, screenwriter, director, and co-producer chooses to set his film in the 1950s, firmly in the film noir genre, complete with moody-lit NYC streets, smoky whiskey joints and a soundtrack dripping with soft jazz.
We open with Edward Norton’s character, Lionel Essrog, forty-something and suffering with Tourette’s syndrome, sat in a car with friend and work colleague Gilbert (Ethan Surplee) who are waiting for their boss,