A Story About the Press
Rumors circulated before “The French Dispatch” even had a title that Anderson’s new movie would be a musical set in 1950s France. The musical part turned out not to be so true, but the movie’s Paris setting has been confirmed. The official synopsis for “The French Dispatch” refers to the movie as a “love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th Century Paris.” Anderson pulled back the curtain on the film a bit more while speaking to French publication Charente Libre in April.
“The story is not easy to explain,” Anderson said. “[It’s about an] American journalist based in France [who] creates his magazine. It is more a portrait of this man, of this journalist who fights to write what he wants to write. It’s not a movie about freedom of the press, but when you talk about reporters you also talk about what’s going on in the real world.”