Anderson’s next film is one of the most anticipated releases of the year, and is still scheduled for July despite postponements of other productions due to the coronavirus crisis.
To liven up the wait, the filmmaker’s director of photography and regular collaborator, Robert Yeoman, published the list of films that served as the basis for «assimilating» before the new work was produced.
The recommended films were Jean-Luc Godard’s «My Life to Live» (1962), «Diabolique» (1955) and Henri-Georges Clouzot’s «Quay of the Goldsmiths» (1947); «Le Plaisir» (1954) by Max Ophels; and «The 400 Blows» (1959) by Francois Truffaut.
Image of «Diabolique» (1955) by Henri-Georges Clouzot
In addition, according to Yeoman, Anderson gave his peers a «long collection of films, books and newspaper articles» for documentation.
«The French Dispatch»
Anderson is one of the most respected directors of the independent circuit, he has been nominated seven times to the Oscars, although he has never managed to wear the statuette.
«The French Dispatch» will be his next installment, featuring a stellar cast consisting of Bill Murray, Benicio del Toro, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Tilda Swinton, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Léa Seydoux and Owen Wilson.
The film will revolve around the writing of an American newspaper covering a fictional city in France in the 20th century, and according to its trailer will maintain the unique aesthetic that the director has maintained throughout his filmography.
The American began filming with «Bottle Rocket» (1996), although his first weighty work would come with «Rushmore» (1998).
From there he has built a filmography as solid as unique with very prominent titles such as «The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou» (2004), «The Darjeeling Limited» (2007), «Moonrise Kingdom» (2012) or «The Grand Budapest Hotel» (2014).