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Spike Lee, 2002
USA | English | Format: 35mm | 135M minutes
Free 9/11 anniversary screening!
In person: Spike Lee, Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman and producer Jon Kilik!
The first major movie shot on location in New York after September 11, 2001, Spike Lee’s 25th Hour transforms the story of one man’s loss of freedom into a panoramic portrait of a city and its people rising out of the ashes. In a brilliant performance, Edward Norton stars as Monty Brogan, a convicted drug dealer paying his last respects to family and friends (including childhood pals Barry Pepper and Philip Seymour Hoffman) in the 24 hours before he begins a seven-year prison sentence. As Lee follows Monty across Manhattan, he captures lyrical details of post-9/11 New York life at every turn, from makeshift memorials to the illuminated ruins of ground zero itself and, above all, the ordinary New Yorkers bravely soldiering forth in the face of personal and national tragedy.
Largely overlooked upon its release, 25th Hour has belatedly been hailed as one of the greatest American films of the past decade.
“One of the 10 best films of the decade.”