• Aug 4, 2005

Or so a quote goes about a 9-minute short film called "C'était un Rendezvous" in which a man drives like a maniac through the streets of 1970's Paris with only an engine roaring and tires squealing for a soundtrack. The single-shot film, made in 1976 by French director Claude Lelouch, employs no special effects and was created using only a front bumper-mounted camera. No one knows what type of car was used or whether Lelouch was the actual driver. The legend goes that at the film's first screening the director was arrested on the spot and after that the film went underground. It has since resurfaced and been restored and is now even available on DVD. Or you could just go here to watch the whole thing. Search for "Rendezvous Racer" on the main page and enjoy.
[Thanks to Sun Devil for the tip]



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      • 9 Years Ago
      getaway in stockholm ownz this x999999
      • 9 Years Ago
      http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2005/Rendezvous.shtml For all the real info...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Actually, jpb is right: the speeds aren't that high. Proof: look at the other cars he's passing. I have read several stories about this movie, and one thing mentioned I think is very funny; one guy standing near the crossing behind the louvre was supposed to radio the driver in case cars were coming, but the guy's radio wasn't functioning....
      • 9 Years Ago
      The first thing I thought of was Getaway in stockholm (part 2 preferably). Though this is more reckless and done well before GIS. GIS is much longer and has tuned imports as their stars, so you can hear tires screeching, engines reving and bov's galore.
      • 9 Years Ago
      There was an article about this movie in the "Drive" supplement of the Sydney Morning Herald a number of years ago. Always wanted to see it, thanks for the link.
      • 9 Years Ago
      For want of any better way to contact Jeff: Due to the high popularity my site enjoyed thanks to your article I have been approached by the copyright holders of the film. They very politely requested me to remove the clip from my site, which I did. So you might want to change your article accordingly.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Part of the film's mystique is that no-one knows the make of car used. It was long assumed that it was a Ferrari 275GTB, but it's apparently the director's own Mercedes 450 6.9 SEL - the engine noise was dubbed on afterwards. And the speeds weren't all that high, either....
      • 9 Years Ago
      There's a notice in the film that says something like "no special effects or speeded up film tricks were used." I've had a copy of this since the 1980's and have watched it a zillion times. The film may not be edited, but the sound definitely is. And in fact, if you watch it with the sound off, it doesn't seem like the car is going that fast at all. Try it....
      • 9 Years Ago
      The website owners broke the link to the video today, with a note citing copyright infringement. Go figure.
      • 9 Years Ago
      at first i too thought, he's not driving that fast. but i live in paris and to drive from the periphique near the arc de triomphe to montmartre in about 10 minutes... thats fast!
      • 9 Years Ago
      WOW, I've driven thru Paris and it's not easy. Two Observations: 1) Probably AM Sunday judgeing by the lack of activity on the streets. 2) Looks like he was using a police light by the way the cars were pulling over.
      • 9 Years Ago
      There is another "newer" movie, featuring a 350ZX through Prague...looks almost the same. The drive through Paris streets is not that tough (try the small streets in Italy/Spain) for a change. It is just that the french drivers are not sticking too much with the rules...and are very bad. Last time got so mad that I sweared next time I will buy a junk and drive it through Paris so I can bump into all those idiots that are thinking they are the only ones on that street. And get reimbursed for "pain and suffering":)
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