The French Dispatch (Blu-ray)


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The French Dispatch (titled onscreen as The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun) is a 2021 American anthology comedy drama film written, directed, and produced by Wes Anderson from a story he conceived with Roman Coppola, Hugo Guinness, and Jason Schwartzman. It features an expansive ensemble cast and follows three different storylines as the French foreign bureau of the fictional Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun newspaper publishes its final issue.

The first segment, “The Concrete Masterpiece”, follows an incarcerated and unstable painter, and stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton and Léa Seydoux. The second, “Revisions to a Manifesto”, is inspired by the May 68 student protests, and stars Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, and Lyna Khoudri. The third, “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner” features Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, and Stephen Park, and follows the kidnapping of a police commissioner’s son. Bill Murray also stars as Arthur Howitzer Jr., the paper’s editor, while Owen Wilson appears in a short segment that introduces the film’s fictional setting of Ennui-sur-Blasé.

The project was first mentioned in August 2018 as an untitled musical set after World War II. That December, the film was officially announced, with Anderson calling it a “love letter to journalists”. Filming took place between November 2018 and March 2019, with cinematographer Robert D. Yeoman, in the city of Angoulême, France. In post-production, editing was completed by Andrew Weisblum and the score was composed by Alexandre Desplat.

Following a delay from 2020, The French Dispatch premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on July 12, 2021, and was theatrically released in the United States by Searchlight Pictures on October 22, 2021. It received generally positive reviews, with praise for its score, production design, and performances. It has grossed $46 million worldwide against its budget of $25 million.

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The Cycling Reporter

The Concrete Masterpiece

Revisions to a Manifesto

The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner

  • Jeffrey Wright as Roebuck Wright, a food journalist based on an amalgamation of James Baldwin and A. J. Liebling
  • Liev Schreiber as Talk Show Host, based on Dick Cavett
  • Mathieu Amalric as Commissaire de la Vilatte, a policeman with a kidnapped son
  • Stephen Park as Nescaffier, a chef and police officer who solves a kidnapping, whose name is a play on Auguste Escoffier and Nescafé
  • Hippolyte Girardot as Chou-fleur, the Commissiare’s oldest friend
  • Willem Dafoe as Albert “the Abacus”, a prisoner and underworld accountant
  • Edward Norton as Chauffeur Joe Lefèvre, the head kidnapper
  • Saoirse Ronan as Junkie / Showgirl #1, a member of the kidnapping gang
  • Winston Ait Hellal as Isadore Sharif “Gigi” de la Vilatte, the Commissaire’s kidnapped son
  • Mauricette Coudivat as Louise “Maman” de la Vilatte, the Commissiare’s mother
  • Damien Bonnard as Police Detective
  • Rodolphe Pauly as Patrolman Marpassant
  • Antonia Desplat as Junkie / Showgirl #2, a kidnapper