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The French Dispatch (2021) Poster

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A February 2020 New Yorker piece reported that this movie is set in a fictional French town called "Ennui-sur-Blasé". "Ennui" and "blasé" are both English words (albeit both words that originate from the French) that mean roughly the same thing: a world-weary boredom, apathy, and sophistication. It is fairly common for French place names to contain the word "sur" ("on") between two other words as a geographic descriptor; for example, the French Riviera village name "Beaulieu-sur-Mer" translates as "beautiful place on the sea". So if it were a real place name, "Ennui-sur-Blasé" would mean, more or less, "Boredom-on-Apathy".
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This is Wes Anderson's ninth collaboration with Bill Murray and his eighth collaboration with Owen Wilson.
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The movie was originally thought to be a musical, but Wes Anderson denied it before filming began.
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Atypical for a movie poster, the ensemble cast is grouped by storylines rather than billing.
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Herbsaint Sazerac (Owen Wilson) was named after Herbsaint and Sazerac, both liquors hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana. Herbsaint is a type of anise-flavored liqueur and Sazerac is a brand of rye whiskey, and both are ingredients in a characteristically New Orleanian cocktail also called a "Sazerac".
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A February 2020 New Yorker piece outlined some of the characters, subjects, and situations depicted in this movie, along with the corresponding New Yorker articles, subjects, and writers that Wes Anderson referenced. These include: Arthur Howitzer, Jr. (Bill Murray), inspired by the New Yorker's founding editor Harold Ross. Herbsaint Sazerac (Owen Wilson), inspired by 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 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 author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.).
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All of the cast explained that working on this movie was the most exhilarating, challenging, and fun they ever had with any movie since every scene they did was done with as much improvisation as possible, but also with a well-written script to go off of.
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In an interview for French media Konbini in March 2019, Mathieu Amalric revealed that his character was inspired by the one played by Louis Jouvet in the Henri-Georges Clouzot movie Quai des Orfèvres (1947). Therefore, Writer, Producer, and Director Wes Anderson asked him to watch the movie again as preparation for the part.
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The cast includes seven Oscar winners: Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Benicio Del Toro, Christoph Waltz, Adrien Brody, Anjelica Huston, and Fisher Stevens; and eight Oscar nominees: Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Wes Anderson, Bob Balaban and Owen Wilson.
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Wes Anderson's first movie for Disney since The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004).
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The film received an 9 minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Kate Winslet was originally cast in Elisabeth Moss's role.
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In casting Timothée Chalamet as Zeffirelli, Wes Anderson told GQ, "I never had the inconvenience of ever thinking of anybody else for this role even for a second." The role was written specifically for him.
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Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet appeared in Lady Bird (2017) and Little Women (2019).
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Benicio Del Toro, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Mathieu Amalric, and Léa Seydoux have appeared in at least one James Bond movie.
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This is the tenth feature film from filmmaker Wes Anderson.
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Cannes Film Festival - The Official Selection 2020 - The regulars
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This is Saoirse Ronan's second Wes Anderson movie after The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
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The film's premiere and release was delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
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Willem Dafoe, Benicio Del Toro, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, and Tilda Swinton have all appeared in Marvel films.
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Cast members Léa Seydoux and Christoph Waltz have both appeared in four movies. The pair first appeared together in the first scene of Inglourious Basterds (2009) and later both appear again in the two Bond movies Spectre (2015) and No Time to Die (2021). In the same year as the latter, the two are also seen in The French Dispatch (2021).
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Both Timothée Chalamet and Rupert Friend both appeared on the TV series "Homeland."
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Adrien Brody, Léa Seydoux, and Owen Wilson all appeared in Midnight in Paris (2011).
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