The first trailer for Wes Anderson’s latest creation, The French Dispatch, has arrived, and it puts on full display the auteur filmmaker’s unique style and nuanced approach that his fans have come to know and love. 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.
Wes Anderson has long been an admirer of The New Yorker magazine, no doubt an influence on the fictional American magazine The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun, and the filmmaker’s love for journalism shines through in this first trailer, which combines black-and-white footage of the stories published in The French Dispatch with Anderson’s iconic, pastel color palette.
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From the opening montage of shots, we get a glimpse of the symmetric framing that Anderson loves to employ combined with his emblematic usage of voice-over. Reminiscent of his earlier work like The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Anderson yet again reinvents a charming, almost fairytale setting, this time in a fictional French city called Ennui-sur-Blasé. He populates his idyllic city with a swath of familiar faces like Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux , Frances McDormand, Mathieu Amalric, Owen Wilson, and Bill Murray, along with new collaborators like Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, and Stephen Park. The lineup full of award-winning actors continues like a who’s-who of Hollywood stars, including Benicio Del Toro, Henry Winkler, Elisabeth Moss, Liev Schreiber, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, and Christoph Waltz, among others.
The first poster for The French Dispatch (2020)