Marketed as ‘a love letter to journalists’, The French Dispatch comprises a collection of stories published in the 20th-century news magazine The French Dispatch, printed from the fictional town of Ennui-sur-Blasé (translated as 'Boredom-on-Jaded'). With an eclectic stream of stories, this is more of an anthology film than Anderson’s previous work.
Bill Murray stars as The French Dispatch's editor, Howitzer
From the trailer, we have the usual Anderson quirks times one thousand. Symmetrical cinematography? Of course. Vivid yellow colours? Yes, as well as black-and-white scenes, and all within a classic, boxy 4:3 frame. A catalogue of big-name talent? Yes, and then some.
Bill Murray plays Howitzer, the steadfast editor of the magazine – based on New Yorker founder Harold Ross. Frances McDormand plays journalist Lucinda Krementz, who investigates the revolution in Paris (probably based on the May 68 riots). Timothée Chalamet sports a voluminous haircut as one of the young revolutionaries, Zeffirelli. And Benicio del Toro stares at monochromatic metal bars as the convicted painter Moses Rosenthaler, whose latest work has attracted interest from art dealer Julian Cadazio, played by Adrien Brody.
Adrien Brody plays art dealer Julian Cadazio
This excludes Owen Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, and No Time to Die actors Léa Seydoux and Christoph Waltz.
Every Wes Anderson movie is bouncier and more bonkers than the last, and The French Dispatch looks to push even further – exploding everything in his vivid, cartoon mind. The film comes to UK cinemas on 28 August 2020. Watch the new trailer below.
|What||The French Dispatch: Bill Murray and Elisabeth Moss star in Wes Anderson's latest film|
28 Aug 20 – 28 Aug 21, TIMES VARY
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