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‘The French Dispatch’ Viewing Guide: 32 Movies That Inspired Wes Anderson’s Latest

Films by Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Tati, Henri-Georges Clouzot, and more are required viewing.

"The French Dispatch"

“The French Dispatch”

Searchlight Pictures/Everett Collection

Wes Anderson’s long-awaited “The French Dispatch” is finally making its world premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival ahead of a theatrical release on October 22. While there are months to go before the film arrives in the U.S., Anderson fans can start prepping for the anthology film by watching one or all of the 32 films that inspired it. Searchlight Pictures has provided the list, along with the following message: “‘The French Dispatch’ pays homage and owes a debt to a rich, diverse cinematic history. Here are some of the films that provided inspiration to the filmmakers, cast, and crew, in no particular order.”

The list of films includes several works by some of the greatest French directors of all time, including Jacques Tati, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Becker, Henri-Georges Clouzot, and Julien Duvivier. Other directors featured include Howard Hawks, Francis Ford Coppola, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Roman Polanski, and Albert Lamorisse.

“The French Dispatch” is billed as “a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city.” The cast includes Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson.

Check out the list of films that inspired “The French Dispatch” below.

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