The French Dispatch Exhibition
Posted on October 31st, 2021
Have you seen Wes Anderson’s new film, The French Dispatch? It is probably one of the most anticipated films this autumn. Now there is the French Dispatch Exhibition to add to the excitement.
Wes Anderson has a distinctive style and narrative that has developed a cult following and a massive fan base; including actors that have worked with him, such as Bill Murray who has starred in all his films except Bottle Rocket. Martin Scorcese is quoted as saying that “Wes is the next Martin Scorcese”, and the legions of filmgoers that put his films at the top of the box office for weeks.
The French Dispatch – The Film
The story is a love letter to journalists, set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in “The French Dispatch.”
The French Dispatch – The Exhibition
180 The Strand has been converted into a little town in France, Ennui-sur-Blasé, aka The French Dispatch exhibition.
This enormous space has been transformed with set pieces from the Wes Anderson film. This beautiful immersive exhibition takes you through themed rooms related to the film’s story.
Even if you haven’t seen the film, you cannot fail to admire the detail that has gone into the exhibition; gorgeous costumes, little prop details, the drawings, the photos and the sets. I have yet to see the film but now it is a priority!
If you are a fan of the film, this is the perfect space to go and lose yourself for an hour or so. And if you haven’t seen it, you will definitely want to by the time you leave.
When you head out of the exhibition you get exclusive access to the pop-up cafe – Sans de Blague (no kidding).
Verdict: The French Dispatch Exhibition
I loved this exhibition, as did my daughter. I honestly wish there were more exhibitions like this in London.