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The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun is an upcoming 2020 comedy-drama film written and directed by Wes Anderson. The film stars Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, among many, many others. It is based in part on The New Yorker, and is about journalists for an American newspaper in 20th-century Ennui-sur-Blasé, a fictional French city.

The film is scheduled to be released on October 16, 2020.


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The French Dispatch provides examples of:

  • Deliberately Monochrome: As seen in the trailer, some scenes are deliberately shot in black and white to evoke a dramatic, old-timey feel.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Several characters are based on real-life editors and journalists, as revealed in marketing. For example, Bill Murray's Arthur Howitzer Jr. is based on Harold Ross, the co-founder of the New Yorker.
  • Period Piece: The trailer makes it clear that it is set in 20th-century France; one segment is set around the time of the May 68 student protests in 1968-69, while another is based on the life of Lord Duveen, a renowned art dealer during the 20th century.
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