Trivia for The French Dispatch
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- This is Saoirse Ronan's first Wes Anderson movie since The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
- The movie was originally thought to be a musical, but Writer, Producer, and Director Wes Anderson denied it before filming began.
- Benicio Del Toro, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Mathieu Amalric, and Léa Seydoux have appeared in at least one James Bond movie.
- Benicio Del Toro and Tilda Swinton appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as The Collector and The Ancient One, respectively.
- In an interview for French media Konbini in March 2019, Mathieu Amalric revealed that his character was inspired by the one played by Louis Jouvet in the Henri-Georges Clouzot movie Quai des Orfèvres (1947). Therefore, Writer, Producer, and Director Wes Anderson asked him to watch the movie again as preparation for the part.
- Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet appeared in Lady Bird (2017) and Little Women (2019).
- The cast includes five Oscar winners: Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Benicio Del Toro, Christoph Waltz, and Adrien Brody; and five Oscar nominees: Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton and Bob Balaban.
- This is Wes Anderson's ninth collaboration with Bill Murray.
- Wes Anderson's first movie for Disney since The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004).
- A February 2020 New Yorker piece reported that this movie is set in a fictional French town called "Ennui-sur-Blasé". "Ennui" and "blasé" are both English words (albeit both words that originate from the French) that mean roughly the same thing: a world-weary boredom, apathy, and sophistication. It is fairly common for French place names to contain the word "sur" ("on") between two other words as a geographic descriptor; for example, the French Riviera village name "Beaulieu-sur-Mer" translates as "beautiful place on the sea". So if it were a real place name, "Ennui-sur-Blasé" would mean, more or less, "Boredom-on-Apathy".
- A February 2020 New Yorker piece outlined some of the characters, subjects, and situations depicted in this movie, along with the corresponding New Yorker articles, subjects, and writers that Wes Anderson referenced. These include: Arthur Howitzer, Jr. (Bill Murray), inspired by the New Yorker's founding editor Harold Ross. Herbsaint Sazerac (Owen Wilson), inspired by writer Joseph Mitchell. Julian Cadazio (Adrien Brody), inspired by Lord Duveen, the subject of a 1951 six-part New Yorker profile by S. N. Behrman. Roebuck Wright (Jeffrey Wright), inspired by James Baldwin and A.J. Liebling, who were New Yorker contributors over the years. Lucinda Krementz (Frances McDormand), inspired by Mavis Gallant, who wrote a two-part 1968 piece on the student uprisings in France. This character also shares a last name with Jill Krementz, a photographer whose work has often appeared in the New Yorker (and who is the widow of author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.).
- Herbsaint Sazerac (Owen Wilson) was named after Herbsaint and Sazerac, both liquors hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana. Herbsaint is a type of anise-flavored liqueur and Sazerac is a brand of rye whiskey, and both are ingredients in a characteristically New Orleanian cocktail also called a "Sazerac".
- Atypical for a movie poster, the ensemble cast is grouped by storylines rather than billing.
- All of the cast explained that working on this movie was the most exhilarating, challenging, and fun they ever had with any movie since every scene they did was done with as much improvisation as possible, but also with a well-written script to go off of.
- Both Timothée Chalamet and Rupert Friend both appeared on the TV series "Homeland."
- The film includes with 8 Oscar winners: Kate Winslet, Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Anjelica Houston, Fisher Stevens, and Christoph Waltz. The movie also include 8 Oscar nominations: Timothée Chalamet, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson.
- The movie also include 8 Oscar nominees: Timothée Chalamet, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Wes Anderson.
- Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan also worked together in The Ammonite (2020).