A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch" magazine.
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexual references and language
Did You Know?
A February 2020 New Yorker piece outlines some of the characters, subjects, and situations depicted in this movie, along with the corresponding New Yorker articles, subjects, and writers that Wes Anderson references. These include:
- Arthur Howitzer Jr. (Bill Murray), inspired by the New Yorker's founding editor Harold Ross.
- Herbsaint Sazerac (Owen Wilson), inspired by the writer Joseph Mitchell
- Julian Cadazio (Adrien Brody), inspired by Lord Duveen, the subject of a 1951 six-part New Yorker profile by S. N. Behrman
- Roebuck Wright (Jeffrey Wright), inspired by James Baldwin and A. J. Liebling, who were both New Yorker contributors over the years.
- Lucinda Krementz (Frances McDormand), inspired by Mavis Gallant, who wrote a two-part 1968 piece on the student uprisings in France. This character also shares a last name with Jill Krementz, a photographer whose work has often appeared in the New Yorker (and who is the widow of the novelist Kurt Vonnegut).
[Lucinda Krementz pulls a shower curtain back to reveal Zeffirelli in the bathtub with a towel wrapped around his head
I'm naked, Ms. Krementz!
I can see that.