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The French Dispatch

Friday, Jan 7 at 4:00 pm

Location: Redstone Theater

Dir. Wes Anderson. United States. 2021, 103 mins. DCP. With Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Bill Murray. Long operating at a level and in a league of his own, Wes Anderson outdoes himself with his latest, a virtuoso work celebrating the fading art of the longform print magazine. The French Dispatchbrings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine (The Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun) published in a fictional 20th-century French city (Ennui-sur-Blasé). When editor Arthur Howitzer Jr. (Murray) unexpectedly dies, his will decrees that the publication must cease after one final issue, which consists mainly of three previously published stories: “The Concrete Masterpiece,” “Revisions to a Manifesto,” and “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner.” Riffing on everything from The New Yorker to the French New Wave, Abstract Expressionism to James Baldwin, Anderson tops himself with a frantically entertaining film that might be his best yet. A Searchlight release.

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.