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In "Popcorn" vs "Cinema" Debate Edward Norton has Been on Both Sides

Everyone has an opinion on the ongoing recent debate over the true definition of cinema. Both Steven Spielberg to Martin Scorsese have weighed in on the topic of direct-to-streaming films, theatrical windows, blockbuster vs. independent films and the like. We are seeing fewer mid-budget films and more blockbusters. The multiple streaming services are now taking risks the big studios have lost interest in. While out talking about his upcoming Motherless Brooklyn actor/filmmaker Edward Norton added his voice to the debate. While talking to The Daily Beast he mentioned that the actual theaters themselves generally ruin the presentation of films: “A lot of filmmakers and cinematographers that I know that have really started to look into this say that more than 60% of American theaters are running their projector at almost half the luminosity that they’re required by contract to run it at. They are delivering crappy sound and a dim picture, and no one is calling them on it. You want to train people. Like, go get your money back. If the movie looks dark, it was – go get your money back! I think we should rally around that. I really do.” He also doesn’t buy the notion that streaming services are a threat and are ruining the theatrical experience: “To be super clear, I would say that today, as a creative person who’s interested in telling stories, there has never been more opportunity to get original and diverse visions of a narrative across to other people – ever, in the history of American cinema, television, whatever you want to call it… it’s easier than ever to tell complex, long-form, character-driven stories. Netflix invested more in ‘Roma’ theatrically – theatrically – than any boutique label at any studio would have by a factor of five. They put a Spanish-language black-and-white film all over the world in theaters. They put more money behind it, in a theatrical context, than anybody would have. You can’t tell me there’s a whole lot of people making black-and-white Spanish-language films and putting that investment behind them. And you can’t tell me that there’s a lot of places making five-part documentaries about the Central Park Five.” He said that if he wanted to make Motherless Brooklyn for a streaming service he would have gotten a deal in five minutes. That would have gotten him a bigger budget and he wouldn’t have had to ask his actors to work for scale. Norton went the traditional distribution method because he wanted to make a film similar to the 70’s films that influenced him.

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