‘The French Dispatch’: How Wes Anderson’s Team Crafted ‘The Private Dining Room’ Culinary Caper

With “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner,” Wes Anderson arguably saved the best episode for last in his nostalgic ode to journalism: “The French Dispatch.” It’s whimsical, absurd, and bittersweet, overflowing with visual delights (including a 2D-animated chase sequence), and crafted like a culinary masterpiece.Jeffrey Wight stars as erudite food journalist Roebuck Wright (partly inspired by James Baldwin), who, while attending a private dinner prepared by legendary police officer/chef Lt.

Nescaffier (Stephen Park), gets dragged into a crime case involving the kidnapping of the Commissaire’s (Mathieu Amalric) son.

For Anderson’s go-to crafts team of cinematographer Robert Yeoman, production designer Adam Stockhausen, and composer Alexandre Desplat, it was a particularly satisfying period adventure, anchored by Wright’s sublime performance.Like all of “The French Dispatch,” “The Private Dining Room” was shot in the southwest town of Angoulême with its unique vertical stacking of spaces and twisting and turning alleys.

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