Edward Norton: 'Motherless Brooklyn'

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Edward Norton. Photo by Christopher Ho.

In 1999, Edward Norton read the novel 'Motherless Brooklyn' by Jonathan Lethem, and thought there could be a movie in it. Twenty years later, he brought it to the screen as writer, director and star, and shifted the setting to take place four decades earlier. He discusses the time-traveling and the imperatives, moral and otherwise, that attracted him to a private eye story.