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C’était un Rendez-Vous (It Was an Appointment): The Complete Film

Posted in Car Stunts, Fast Cars, Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, Movie Cars, Racing, Roads, Street Racing, Stunts, Traffic, Travel, Videos by Vito Rispo | September 29th, 2008 | Leave a Reply |

I suggest watching it on ‘full screen’ mode

C’était un Rendez-Vous is a 8 minute French film from 1976. It shows a manic drive through Paris in the early hours of the morning, accompanied by sounds of a high-revving engine, gear changes and squealing tires. Nothing was staged, it was an actual drive, and after the film was released, the director was supposedly arrested. Pedestrians and pigeons are passed and nearly ran over, red lights are ignored, one-way streets are driven up the wrong way… it’s just beautiful high-speed lunatic driving.

The film was shot in a single take by the director and driver, Claude Lelouch. He used a gyro-stabilized camera mounted on the bumper of his 6.9 liter Mercedes-Benz 450SEL.

The sound effects, which include gear changes up to 5th gear, as well as heel-and-toe down-shifting were actually taken from Lelouch’s Ferrari 275GTB. Lelouch claims he got up to 140 mph during the run, although people who have tried to calculate the speed have come up with different results. Some say he never topped 85 mph, while others estimate the car peaked at 135 mph. Either way, it’s a fantastic film.

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