The French Dispatch

The French Dispatch

I remember some years back, before GRAND BUDAPEST, Anderson discussed a project he was working on that might not even be a film, but he also couldn't quite figure out the right form for it. I don't know that it was this idea, but it's certainly the one for him that's most pushing the boundaries and expectations of the medium, expanding his own vocabulary and that of what a mainstream film can typically hold. It benefits from a certain literacy in French culture and cinema, and I wondered at first if it was too complimentary to a savvy audience in that regard. Then the movie went on, as movies will do, and the evening went on, as evenings will do, and it felt much more like the instinctive result of having digested all those cultural influences rather than simply replicating them for the same effect (well...okay maybe an early MON ONCLE rip-off is just replicating). And it seemed to me to be Anderson's most visually audacious film in over a decade, possibly to date.

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