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OTTplay Now You Know - The French Dispatch

Wes Anderson’s latest film, The French Dispatch, is a critically acclaimed anthology film that follows three different storylines about the fictional Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun, and its French foreign bureau.

Nikhil Kumar
Jan 17, 2022
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Welcome to OTTplay Now You Know, the podcast that gives you lesser-known trivia and facts and even anecdotes of popular films and shows that you might not have known until now. I'm your host Nikhil.

Wes Anderson’s latest film, The French Dispatch, is a critically acclaimed anthology film that follows three different storylines about the fictional Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun and its French foreign bureau. The film features a star-studded ensemble for its three storylines. Let's begin some trivia for you.

1. The film was originally intended to be a musical according to an article by Collider. It would have been a departure from the rock music Anderson usually adopts for his films, but the plan was ultimately dropped in favour of creating a signature Anderson film. 

2. The movie is set in a fictional town called Ennui-sur-Blase which translates to Boredom-on-Apathy. Ironically it's in contrast with the film’s tone, pacing, aesthetic, and narrative.

3. The fictional town of Enniu-Sur-Blase was shot in France itself. IndieWire claims that the quiet town of Angouleme was Anderson’s choice of setting for Enniu-Sur-Blase, as it was perfect for filming. 

4. New York publication The New Yorker is allegedly Anderson’s inspiration for the publication in the film. The claims were made by none other than The New Yorker. The same article also claims that some of the characters are inspired by Anderson’s favourite journalists from The New Yorker. 

5. British actress Kate Winslet was rumoured to play a role in the film according to The Hollywood Reporter, but the actor has refused to confirm which role she was supposed to take on.

6. Bill Murray finished shooting his scenes in just two days despite being one of the main characters in the ensemble, and the actor stayed back in France for a week longer.

If you want to watch this flick, it's streaming on Google Play and Youtube. 

That's the OTTplay Now You Know for today, I shall be back again with another episode soon. Until then it's your host Nikhil signing out.

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