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The Elegant Containment of “The French Dispatch”

The new work from Wes Anderson, “The French Dispatch,” is a portmanteau film. That is to say, it contains a number of narratives—in this instance, four—that are neatly packed together, as if inside a suitcase. In truth, almost all Anderson’s movies, hitherto, have borne an air of packing; think of the boat in “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2004), the train carriages in “The Darjeeling Limited” (2007), or “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014), with its stacks of servants and guests. Elegant containment is the norm. Does Anderson like to journey with an actual portmanteau, plastered with old travel stickers and smelling richly of worn leather? I wouldn’t bet against it.
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Movie review: 'The French Dispatch'

The new film "The French Dispatch" is kind of like seeing a classic issue of The New Yorker come to life. It's based on the colorful articles of a fictional magazine run by a grumpy but respectable editor, played by Bill Murray. (SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE FRENCH DISPATCH") UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR:...
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Wes Anderson’s Latest Is a Licorice Movie

Some filmmakers are like licorice: You either like them or you don’t, and members of both camps are firmly convinced of the rightness of their choice. No director now working makes films that more closely resemble that divisive root-based candy than Wes Anderson, with the result that a discussion of any one of his movies tends to turn into a referendum on his whole cinematic output.
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The Ringer

Media Movies: ‘The French Dispatch’ With Sean Fennessey

In preparation for the new Wes Anderson film, Bryan is joined by Sean Fennessey to break down the The French Dispatch. They discuss all three features portrayed in the film and touch on how it stacks up among journalism movies. Host: Bryan Curtis. Guest: Sean Fennessey. Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes.
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A Look Inside the World of Wes Anderson’s 'The French Dispatch'

"The French Dispatch" brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. It stars Benecio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyn a Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Christoph Waltz, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman and Anjelica Huston.
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Time Out Global

Drink like a Wes Anderson character at this 'French Dispatch' pop-up running through mid-November

Through November 15, you can take your coffee like a Wes Anderson character at Café Le Sans Blague, a promotional pop-up at Dayglow Coffee touting the director’s pandemic-delayed latest movie, The French Dispatch, which premieres tonight in select theaters. Available at both Silver Lake and West Hollywood Dayglow locations, as well as in Chicago, Le Sans Blague will be serving a menu of four caffeinated drinks inspired by the film, which received a standing ovation at Cannes earlier this year.
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‘French Dispatch’ Will Be ‘True Test’ of the Specialized Market, Searchlight Marketing Chief Says

The light at the end of the pandemic box office tunnel may be in sight. Speaking during a New York Film Festival panel this week, executives from leading specialty distributors said they are going to be carefully watching the performance of upcoming movies like the wild French-language Cannes winner “Titane” and Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” to help gauge the path forward. “We’re looking very carefully at what’s happening with ‘French Dispatch’ coming in the next couple of weeks,” Michelle Hooper, Searchlight’s marketing chief, said. “On [October 22] it opens in 12 cities and then we’re going to be 50 cities...
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The French Dispatch Proves Wes Anderson Isn’t Going Anywhere

The writers of The French Dispatch wonder aloud “What happens next?” This immediately follows the death of their esteemed editor-in-chief, Arthur Howitzer Jr. (Bill Murray) who passed away suddenly from a heart attack. In many ways, The French Dispatch—the film—has already answered this question: What happens next is that the future barrels onward in spite of, and in defiance of, the past. As Owen Wilson’s cycling reporter, Herbsaint Sazerac, guides the audience through the charming city streets of fictional Ennui-sur-Blasé, France, he remarks on all that has changed. The grimy alleys, cracked cobblestones, worn cement and havens for less-than-savory types have been gussied up in favor of the more aesthetically pleasing future. What began, Sazerac describes, as “a cluster of tradesmen’s villages” now sees only its names remain unchanged, as even places like the aptly-dubbed “Pickpocket Cul-De-Sac” have had their edges smoothed out.
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Wes Anderson’s ‘French Dispatch’ Deserves Its Own Instagram Filter

The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson’s latest film out in theatres October 22, is a testament to social media - beautiful yes, but meaningful? Sometimes. The film, which screens at the 59th New York Film Festival on October 10, is the kind of movie that deserves its own Instagram filter, as its twee, candid, likeable and awash in honey baked nostalgia.
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Den of Geek

The French Dispatch Review: Wes Anderson’s Love Letter to Journalists

There’s a line early on in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch that will surely make any room full of journalists howl in amusement. Sitting at his desk, and under the typical kind of droll bewilderment we associate with Anderson heroes, Bill Murray’s editor of the film’s eponymous magazine exclaims, “She was told to turn in a few hundred words. This story is 14,000!”
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The French Dispatch Review

The French Dispatch was reviewed out of the New York Film Festival, and will debut in theaters on Oct. 22. The French Dispatch is studded with stars and sprinkled with Wes Anderson’s signature pastels and storybook design, though like many of his works — recent films like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs in particular — it uses that whimsical approach as a cushion for weightier and more melancholy themes. The interconnected anthology follows a fictitious American newspaper in an equally fictitious French small town, but its various segments take after real reporters and articles, mostly New Yorker pieces the director read in his teenage years. The film is Anderson’s ode to print journalism of the past, and it arrives with his familiar visual flourishes (with a few new ones added along the way), which dramatize both the thoughtfulness and the riveting energy of chronicling history as it unfolds.
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The French Dispatch

Elisabeth Moss, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Fisher Stevens, and Griffin Dunne on the set of "The French Dispatch." Photographed by Laura Wilson. Wes Anderson’s films are as instantly recognizable for their twee surrealist aesthetic as they are for their recurring cast of characters, including stalwarts Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, and Anjelica Huston. They, along with new additions Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan, appear in Anderson’s latest work, The French Dispatch, which follows the staff of a fictional American publication in France. When it comes to Anderson’s behind-the-scenes team, the director maintains a similarly tight-knit crew. “Wes brings together the most wonderful and lovely group of people you could ever hope to hang around, to make these movies,” says production designer Adam Stockhausen, who has worked with Anderson ever since 2007’s The Darjeeling Limited. Wilson’s mother, Laura, a photographer, is another set regular, snapping the action between takes. Here, she shares her photographs of the French Dispatch set, in Angoulême, a town in southwestern France, and, along with Anderson and Stockhausen, gives us firsthand details about the making of the film.
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Wes Anderson’s Animated 'The French Dispatch' Music Video is Filled with Easter Eggs

With just a month to go before The French Dispatch arrives in theaters, Searchlight Pictures has released a delightfully whimsical music video directed by Wes Anderson. The video features a cover of "Aline," made popular by French singer Christophe in 1966, sung by Jarvis Cocker as the in-universe singer Tip-Top. In the music video, a brightly illustrated Tip-Top takes us through Anderson's fictional French town, weaving in and out of the lives of the film's illustrious cast. Illustrated and animated by Javi Aznarez, the music video is nearly four minutes long and packed with Easter Eggs for things that fans can expect to see in The French Dispatch next month.
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