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The French Dispatch  2021
Director:  Wes Anderson
Producer:
  Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson and Steven Rales
Art Director:
  Stéphane Cressend (supervisor)
Editor:
  Andrew Weisblum
Music:
  Alexandre Desplat, songs by Mark Mothersbaugh
Screenplay:
  Wes Anderson, based on a story by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Hugo Guinness and Jason Schwartzman
Director of Photography:
  Robert D. Yeoman
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Cast:
spacer1 Timothée Chalamet
spacer1 Natalie Portman
spacer1 Léa Seydoux
people1 Willem Dafoe
spacer1 Christophe Waltz
people1 Mathieu Amalric
people1 Tilda Swinton
people1 Frances McDormand
people1 Benicio del Toro
people1 Cécile de France
spacer1 Elisabeth Moss
spacer1 Henry Winkler
spacer1 Denis Ménochet
people1 Jeffrey Wright
people1 Bill Murray
spacer1 Owen Wilson
people1 Adrien Brody
spacer1 Griffin Dunne
spacer1
spacer1
spacer1 Timothée Chalamet spacer1 Natalie Portman spacer1 Léa Seydoux
people1 Willem Dafoe spacer1 Christophe Waltz people1 Mathieu Amalric
people1 Tilda Swinton people1 Frances McDormand people1 Benicio del Toro
people1 Cécile de France spacer1 Elisabeth Moss spacer1 Henry Winkler
spacer1 Denis Ménochet people1 Jeffrey Wright people1 Bill Murray
spacer1 Owen Wilson people1 Adrien Brody spacer1 Griffin Dunne
spacer1 Timothée Chalamet spacer1 Natalie Portman
spacer1 Léa Seydoux people1 Willem Dafoe
spacer1 Christophe Waltz people1 Mathieu Amalric
people1 Tilda Swinton people1 Frances McDormand
people1 Benicio del Toro people1 Cécile de France
spacer1 Elisabeth Moss spacer1 Henry Winkler
spacer1 Denis Ménochet people1 Jeffrey Wright
people1 Bill Murray spacer1 Owen Wilson
people1 Adrien Brody spacer1 Griffin Dunne

Synopsis:
The French Dispatch, a high-brow magazine based in the imagined Gallic town of Blasé-sur-Ennui, has reached its end. Its founder (Bill Murray) has died and his beloved creation looks set to shut down operations. In doing so, its staff reflect nostalgically on the publication’s halcyon days, when the writers were as celebrated as the subjects they covered.

There’s the art critic (Tilda Swinton) who regales with the story of a jailed painter’s (Benicio Del Toro) obsession with his muse (Léa Seydoux); a political correspondent (Frances McDormand) whose ‘current affairs’ once included a young insurgent (Timothée Chalamet) during a student protest; and the rarefied food critic (Jeffrey Wright) who becomes quite the pot-au-feu when he finds himself caught up in a kidnapping plot.

Anderson is at the top of his game with this dazzling, breathlessly inventive and irrepressibly witty tribute to the New Yorker magazine and its writers. Along with his trademark shooting style – exquisitely-conceived symmetrical compositions – there’s deft use of aspect ratio and seamless monochrome-to-colour shifts. And the whole thing is carried along by regular collaborator Alexandre Desplat’s wonderful score. All in all, it’s an absolute treat.

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