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The French Dispatch.

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Every couple of years, there’s a tingly hum in the air that can only be caused by one thing. I thought I felt it yesterday morning over coffee, and sure enough, as I scrolled through Twitter, I saw it: the poster for a new Wes Anderson movie, “The French Dispatch.”

(How did I not know this was coming? Granted, there’s always a new Wes Anderson movie coming, but this caught me completely off-guard.)

First of all, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL POSTER. The illustrator was quickly identified as Javi Aznarez, and this morning It’s Nice That published an interview with the movie’s graphic designer, Erica Dorn (who previously worked with Anderson on “Isle of Dogs”). I could get completely lost in this poster—I saw someone jokingly compare it to a Richard Scarry book, and yes! That’s it! I want to look at it all day long. It’s the perfect teaser for that certain sense of highly-detailed wonder that comes from a Wes Anderson movie. I just love it.

As if the yesterday’s poster reveal weren’t exciting enough, today we’ve been treated to a full-length trailer! Friends, this is good stuff. I’m 99% sure that’s Anjelica Huston doing the narration, and now I suddenly want Anjelica Huston to narrate everything—airplane safety videos, subway door closing warnings, my morning showers…everything.

I mean, the whole cast is bananas. You see one name that gets you excited, and then another, and another, and then you say “oh wow” 50 more times before you’re done reading the whole list. My goodness. Wes Anderson may have out-Wes Andersoned himself this time, and I am READY FOR IT.

p.s. If you think “The French Dispatch” brings to mind The New Yorker, that’s absolutely right.

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  • Reply Elizabeth February 12, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    I cannot wait to see this film!

  • Reply Thelady February 12, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    I thought the poster was Chris Ware until I zoomed in – even the typography. Love the colors

    • Anna Dorfman February 12, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      You know Chris Ware would never draw a building without a non-ruled line! 😉

  • Reply Kim B. February 13, 2020 at 1:13 am

    I couldn’t love this any more — I live in France, am a journalism junkie, and am from next door to Kansas (so I love the use of Middle America). Love the interview you linked to and also the Richard Scarry référence. You always make me see a little deeper!!

  • Reply famapa February 13, 2020 at 4:14 am

    haha, the thought of anjelica houston narrating showers has totally made my morning!

    • Ella February 13, 2020 at 11:43 am

      Yes, I was also picturing what words would be used. “Excellent use of soap”, perhaps? Maybe something about time management and focus areas?

    • Anna Dorfman February 13, 2020 at 12:09 pm

      I would absolutely HAVE to be wearing a vintage shower cap in this scenario.

  • Reply Marlene February 13, 2020 at 6:57 am

    It reminds me of a Tintin book cover. The blue sky and the red/yellow book spine.

  • Reply Laura February 13, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Ooo! Yes please and thanks! Fully on board with Anjelica Houston narrating life.
    And TWO posts in a week?! I’ve missed you. Any fun things happening with your house?

  • Reply Ashley - The Gold Hive February 13, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Yeeees! Can I get glasses that make life look like it was DP’d by Robert Yeoman?

    • Anna Dorfman February 13, 2020 at 7:10 pm

      Hahaha!! I think you’re onto an idea for a set of Instagram filters.

  • Reply Abby February 14, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    There’s a little something of Georges Perec Life: A User’s Manual too in this poster.

  • Reply lisaa February 14, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    you saying “oh wow” instantly reminds me of this
    love Owen Wilson… love Wes Anderson… love you posting!

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