Wes Anderson directs Brad Pitt in a Japan cell phone ad.

by Joey Paur

Actors and directors do thee kinds of overseas advertising all the time, apparently they make bank. The reason I share this one with you is because 1. I am a fan of Wes Anderson and 2. Anderson used the TV spot to pay homage to Jacques Tati and his Monsieur Hulot character. Jacques directed himself as the humbling bumbling Hulot in a handful of films between '53 and '71. The four major films are all available from Criterion. M Hulot's Holiday, which Anderson nods to in this commercial, is a gentle and wonderful film, but if you've got a massive television PlayTime, for which Tati built his own version of modern Paris, is the way to go.

You can check out the TV spot below, and below that you can see the inspiration for the commercial.

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