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Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (Hebrew: ,נורמן: עלייתו המתונה ונפילתו התלולה של מאכער אמריקאי‎) (previously titled Oppenheimer Strategies) is a 2016 American-Israeli political drama film directed and written by Joseph Cedar. The film stars Richard Gere and Lior Ashkenazi. Filming began on February 8, 2015 in New York City. The film played at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival [6] and the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.[7][8]

Synopsis

Norman Oppenheimer is small-time "fixer" whose business involves arranging quiet deals among politicos and other power brokers. The opportunistic Norman makes a golden connection when a young politician he once befriended later becomes the Prime Minister of Israel, and as a result his life changes dramatically.

Cast

Production

On November 14, 2014, Richard Gere was set to star in the political thriller Oppenheimer Strategies, written by Joseph Cedar who would also direct the film.[9] On January 14, 2015, Charlotte Gainsbourg was added to the cast to play the female lead.[11] On February 6, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi and Josh Charles were added to the cast to star along with Dan Stevens, Isaach de Bankolé and Lior Ashkenazi.[10]

Filming was originally set to begin on January 12, 2015 in New York City, but it began on February 8, 2015.[12] On February 12, filming was taken place around 93rd Street and Amsterdam Ave in Manhattan.[13]

Release

The film played at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2016,[14] and then had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to, Sony Pictures Classics acquired distribution rights in North America, Benelux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Asia (excluding Korea) to the film and it was then the previous title changed from Oppenheimer Strategies to Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.[15]

The US theatrical release was on April 14, 2017.

Reception

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 75 based on six reviews.[16] Richard Gere was praised by both Variety and The Guardian for his "strong performance" portraying a "Court Jew" archetype.[17][18] Indeed, Cedar's fictional character 'Norman Oppenheimer' was inspired in part by the real life court Jew Joseph Süß Oppenheimer, whose life in turn inspired the 1934 British film Jew Süss, as well as the 1940 Nazi propaganda film Jud Süß.[19]

References

  1. ^ "43rd Telluride Film Festival Program" (PDF). 2016. Archived from Norman Oppenheimer is small-time "fixer" whose business involves arranging quiet deals among politicos and other power brokers. The opportunistic Norman makes a golden connection when a young politician he once befriended later becomes the Prime Minister of Israel, and as a result his life changes dramatically.

    Cast

    Production

    On November 14, 2014, Richard Gere was set to star in the political thriller Oppenheimer Strategies, written by Joseph Cedar who would also direct the film.[9] On January 14, 2015,

    On November 14, 2014, Richard Gere was set to star in the political thriller Oppenheimer Strategies, written by Joseph Cedar who would also direct the film.[9] On January 14, 2015, Charlotte Gainsbourg was added to the cast to play the female lead.[11] On February 6, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi and Josh Charles were added to the cast to star along with Dan Stevens, Isaach de Bankolé and Lior Ashkenazi.[10]

    Filming was originally set to begin on January 12, 2015 in New York City, but it began on February 8, 2015.[12] On February 12, filming was taken place around 93rd Street and Amsterdam Ave in Manhattan.[13]

    Release

    The film played at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2016,[14] and then had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to, Sony Pictures Classics acquired distribution rights in North America, Benelux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Asia (excluding Korea) to the film and it was then the previous title changed from Oppenheimer Strategies to Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.[15]

    The US theatrical release was on April 14, 2017.

    Reception

    At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 75 based on six re

    Filming was originally set to begin on January 12, 2015 in New York City, but it began on February 8, 2015.[12] On February 12, filming was taken place around 93rd Street and Amsterdam Ave in Manhattan.[13]

    The film played at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2016,[14] and then had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to, Sony Pictures Classics acquired distribution rights in North America, Benelux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Asia (excluding Korea) to the film and it was then the previous title changed from Oppenheimer Strategies to Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.[15]

    The US theatrical release was on April 14, 2017.

    Reception

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