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8. It's Actually An Anthology Film - The French Dispatch

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It feels like we've been waiting to watch Wes Anderson's new film The French Dispatch forever.

Originally due to release in the summer of 2020, the pandemic caused it to be pushed back an entire 15 months, with it now set to release this October.

Anderson's film premiered to largely rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival back in July, which also confirmed something which has largely been downplayed in its marketing - it's a five-part anthology film.

Though The French Dispatch's press notes have always referred to it as an anthology, and the trailers do indeed note the film being comprised of separate stories, few seemed to realise it was an outright anthology until its Cannes premiere.

This may have been an intentional move on the part of Searchlight Pictures given how rarely anthology films perform well at the box office, even when made by an auteur of Anderson's rep.

Given that many reviews out of Cannes did suggest the anthology presentation might alienate some audiences, it's more likely than not a commercial calculation to obscure the format.


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