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Wes Anderson: "I wanted to recreate the Paris that I know from the old films"


INTERVIEW - Wes Anderson receives in his Parisian offices. He arrives from Spain where he has just finished filming Asteroid City. The French Dispatch, shot in 2019, is already history, but Anderson is delighted to see it (finally) screened in theaters. Interview with a ...

Le FIGARO.- Why did you choose Angoulême, renamed Ennui-sur-Blasé, as the setting for

The French Dispatch



We did a sort of tour de France and after ten minutes spent in Angoulême, I felt that it was the right city.

I was looking for something that looks like the Ménilmontant of the 1950s. I wanted to recreate the Paris that I know from old films.

It was easier to make Angoulême resemble the Paris of yesteryear than to transform the Paris of today where there are no longer deserted streets.

Most of the time, we built decorative elements in the workshops to take them to the streets and change the facade of a building.

Dog Island

, your previous feature film, was a tribute to Japanese cinema.

The French Dispatch

pays tribute to French cinema.


Boudu sauvé des eaux

, by Renoir.

I spoke to Benicio Del Toro to play Moses Rosenthaler, the psychopathic criminal painter.

He seemed to know Michel

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