The Recital hair-colouring commercial is extremely formulaic. It has every tick-the-box element you'd ever see in a Madison Avenue advertising- strategy checklist circa 1968: the tumbled-hair-from-the-back shot, the 360-degree hair-swing shot, the two pack shots, and the constant repetition of the product USP, its fade-resistance.
The presenterine is a perfect American toughie with hair as bright a molten gold as Brad Pitt had in Seven Years in Tibet. She produces the copy-points very fast and hard. "I refuse to let my hair-colour fade into the background ..." She talks like someone pitching a personal investment strategy.
As with a lot of big-budget New York advertising work, you can't help admiring the unshakeable focus of it, the annoying freedom from irony and ellipsis - and the look of it.
It looks wonderful because the old formula has been combined with the newest, smartest possible art-direction - a combination of modish 20th-century design classics like Arne Jacobsen's Egg Chair, and a brilliant signature colour, a kind of violent violet on everything. Combined with that copy-line, it's as arresting a dose of American illusionism as the special effects in Titanic.Reuse content