2019 American neo-noir crime film
7 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2020
Page Hall, UAlbany downtown campus
135 Western Avenue, Albany
Free and open to the public. See map
(United States, 2019, 144 minutes, color) Directed by Ed Norton. Starring Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bruce Willis, Cherry Jones, Alec Baldwin and Willem Dafoe.
Based on the bestselling novel by Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn is the tale of a NYC detective with Tourette syndrome.
After making the 1998 film American History X, Edward Norton acquired the rights to adapt Jonathan Lethem's novel for the screen. Although the book is set in contemporary times, Norton felt the plot and dialogue lent themselves more to a noir setting — moving it to the 1950s, with many added plot points inspired by The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York.
Classic Film Series
About The Classic Film Series
The NYS Writers Institute’s Classic Film Series, presented with support from Marc Guggenheim, UAlbany Class of ‘92, features screenings of domestic and international films of distinction and film festivals devoted to the work of particular directors, producers, or screenwriters.
The series has included rare films culled from archives and private collections, pre-release screenings from major studios, contemporary international offerings, as well as classics made in the U.S. The Institute will launch the Albany Film Festival in March 2020.
Some of the filmmakers and screenwriters who have visited the Institute have included Hal Ashby, Hector Babenco, Costa-Gavras, Tomas Gutierrez-Alea, James Ivory and Ismail Merchant, Neil Jordan, Spike Lee, Albert Mayseles, Gordon Parks, Sr., Raoul Peck, D.A. Pennebacker and Chris Hegedus, Bob Rafelson, Phil Alden Robinson, Wallace Shawn, Ron Shelton, Christine Vachon, Agnes Varda, and Robert Wise, and Doug Wright.