Edward Norton Says His New Film ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ Looks ‘Under The Surface Of What We Call American Life’

Edward Norton is opening up about his new film “Motherless Brooklyn”, acting as writer, director and star of the picture.

The screen adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 crime novel will have its International Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

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But despite being based on a 20-year-old story, Norton tells Vanity Fair, it remains as relevant as ever, comparing it to the classic film “Chinatown”.

“It came out right when the Watergate scandal is breaking open, Vietnam is ending, [Roman] Polanski’s wife has been murdered,” Norton said of “Chinatown”. “You have probably the deepest cynicism that had ever emerged in American society, and that film was responsive to that.”

Norton speaks about how the “Motherless Brooklyn” speaks to the current moment.

“I think there’s a lot of what we’re going through now that is provoking also a lot of looking at dimensions of what sits under the surface of what we call American life,” he says. “[It’s] especially resonant when you’re going through moments that are giving people deep dismay.”

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The film also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Willem Dafoe, Bruce Willis and more.

“Motherless Brooklyn” hits theatres Nov. 1.

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