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The French Dispatch
Institute of Contemporary Arts
August 2022
 The French Dispatch, dir. Wes Anderson, USA 2021, 103 min., English 


On the death of its beloved Kansas-born editor Arthur Howitzer Jr. (Bill Murray), the staff of The French Dispatch, a widely circulated American magazine based in the French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé, convenes to write his obituary. Memories of Howitzer flow into the creation of four stories: a travelogue of the seediest sections of the city; ‘The Concrete Masterpiece’, about a criminally insane painter, his guard and muse, and his ravenous dealers; ‘Revisions to a Manifesto’, a chronicle of love and death on the barricades at the height of student revolt; and ‘The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner’, a suspenseful tale of drugs, kidnapping and fine dining.

Featuring brilliant performances from a star-packed ensemble cast (Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Willem Dafoe, Benicio del Toro, Griffin Dunne, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Henry Winkler and the voice of Jarvis Cocker, among others), The French Dispatch is the tenth film from the visionary mind of Wes Anderson.
 
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