Wes Anderson recently directed Brad Pitt in a 30-second television advertisement for Japanese cellphone company Softbank Mobile’s winter 2008 collection. Inspired by Jacques Tati’s 1953 French film “Les Vacances de Monseieur Hulot”, the commercial was shot in a seaside town in France in September.
Pitt has done a bunch of advertising work in Japan, and this isn’t Anderson’s first stint with commercials, as he directed and starred in a wonderful American Express “My Card” ad and did a series of commercials for AT&T in 2007. Like Anderson’s other commercial work, the new advertisement is filmed in one continuous take (or at least filmed to look like one continuous take) and features a bunch of swish pans.
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