The French Dispatch is out in theaters now where audiences are been treated to a visual spectacle unseen in any other movie.
Wes Anderson’s 10th movie is a love letter to France and journalists, featuring a staff of American writers who publish a magazine in France. There are four sections within The French Dispatch with each segment stylized as written articles for an edition of the fictional magazine.
Inspired by The New Yorker, each of the articles have dedicated eye-catching artwork to portray a magazine cover. They appear on screen at the end during the credits, summarizing the events from each story the viewers have just seen. Here’s the full rundown of each of the magazine covers, and the stories they tell.
The Cycling Reporter
The shortest story told within The French Dispatch, The Cycling Reporter by Herbsaint Sazerac sees Owen Wilson cycle around the town of Ennui. He describes the grittier side of the French town while looking at the “menagerie of vermin and scavengers.”
The striking yellow cover features an animated version of Wilson on his bike wearing his beret, standing in front of the versatile surroundings of Ennui.
The Concrete Masterpiece
Tilda Swinton narrates the first cutaway article, The Concrete Masterpiece by J.K.L. Berensen. She tells the story of Moses Rosenthaler, a brilliant incarcerated artist who paints his muse and prison guard Simone. Adrien Brody, a fellow inmate and art collector wants to cash in on Moses’ talent which creates problems for all.
The magazine cover for The Concrete Masterpiece shows the artist at work, painting his partner who is acting as his life model while other prisoners watch on. Actors from this portion of the film have their likeness drawn on the cover, with Léa Seydoux, Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton and Henry Winkler all featured.
Revisions to a Manifesto
The purple cover for Revisions to a Manifesto by Lucinda Krementz shows a revolution in action, with Frances McDormand, Lyna Khoudri and Timothée Chalamet standing victoriously on a pile of chairs and globes.
McDormand’s character Krementz is there to document proceedings but can’t help but get involved with the student revolt. Oscar winner Christoph Waltz appears in the background of the poster while European actors Guillaume Gallienne, Cecile de France and Nicolas Avinée can be seen too.
The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner
The striking black and white imagery of this poster wonderfully teases what the story is about. Jeffrey Wright plays the writer and narrator in The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner by Roebuck Wright, and is featured front and center of the image.
His supporting cast members Mathieu Amalric, Edward Norton, Stephen Park, Willem Dafoe and Saoirse Ronan appear around Wright, performing various actions which give clues as to their characters’ roles in the article.
Each of the posters from the stories featured on The French Dispatch were highlighted on the movie’s official social media accounts, alongside other pieces of original artwork either featured in or related to the movie.
Other posters were produced which acted as the cover art for the official soundtrack, as well as the cover for the real printed magazine of The French Dispatch which you can purchase online.
Even more magazine covers were designed for the movie and appear very briefly in the offices of The French Dispatch magazine. All 12 are featured in an article by Eye On Design which features quotes from lead graphic designer Erica Dorn who helped create the look and feel of the covers. She said: “One of the biggest challenges was the fact that the publication needed to feel like a historic magazine which also belonged in the world alongside other iconic magazines (like The New Yorker), but at the same time needed to have its own identity.”
Dorn’s designs and Anderson’s world can be seen in The French Dispatch which is out in movie theaters now.