It Was a Rendezvous: A High Speed Tour of Paris, 1976

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  • on May 12, 2009
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I was turned onto this by my boss, sick a 1976 short filmed titled “C’était un rendez-vous” or “It was a Rendevous”- which follows a car driving at ridiculous speeds through the streets of Paris at 5:30 in the morning. It features a continuous, drugstore 9-minute shot from a gyro-stablized bumper-mount.

The director, Claude Lelouch was already an established French filmmaker, supposedly having made good on the film “Un Homme et une Femme,” allowing him to purchase a Ferrari 275 GTB which was rumored to have been used in “Rendezvous.”

Looking back, it is believed that it was not in fact a Ferrari but a Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 – and that Ferrari sounds were later dubbed in to make it sound more ferocious. Also, contrary to Lelouch’s earlier claims, it was not a contracted Formula 1 driver in the cockpit, but the filmmaker himself. According to Wikipedia, calculations suggest that the car reached speeds up to 220 km/h (136.7 mph).

After decades of being passed around in low quality dubs by film buffs and speed freaks, the DVD is currently available online, from a website that looks like the VHS equivelent of the internet. I suppose if you need the clarity, there it is, otherwise, it’s on YouTube.

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