C'etait un rendez-vous. The ULTIMATE and first street race video ever. - Ferrari Life
 
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post #1 of 10 Old 01-23-2013, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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C'etait un rendez-vous. The ULTIMATE and first street race video ever.

On a Sunday in August 1976 just before dawn, French film director Claude Lelouch mounted a camera on the front bumper of his car (said to be a Ferrari 275) and raced it through the center of Paris from the South to the North up to the Sacre Coeur. A drive that would take at least one hour if done today. He did it in around 9 minutes...This film was not tricked, it's the real deal you see, however....
There was a great myth around this film as there was not much known about it. There was even a rumor that the Director was arrested when the film was released, that the Ferrari was driven by Jacky Ickx or another Formula 1 driver and that speeds went up to 240 km/h in the center of Paris. Later it became clear (or did it) that the sound of the Ferrari 275 (which Lelouch actually really did own) was dubbed in and that the film was shot using his Mercedes for the drive.
It's great to look up all the stuff that's been written about it, find many clips and interviews on Youtube or Vimeo, including an interview with Lelouch himself.
The original movie is for sale on the internet (I have no interests but I thought I'd mention it as it is in Hi-res), but I've placed a link here. I truly love it, it's the Mother of all street race films IMO, so enjoy. But remember: Don't try this at home!

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My all time favorite. The sound of the 275 V 12 is superb. excellent sight seeing tour of Paris.
Here is a link to the video interview with Claude Lelouche, where he explains how he made the film.. It is in French but you can activate English subtitles with one of the reactangles on the bottom right of the U tube video panel, if you view on U tube.

He did the interview more than 30 years after the event, since he could no longer be presecuted under French law. He quotes 200km/hr on avenue Foche ( at the begining going up to the Arche de Troimphe and 160km/hr on the Place de la Concorde, using his own 450SEL. He confirmed that he did the driving and the film is a single take. He dubbed in the sound of his Ferrari afterwards .

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Lovely film, pity with the added on race car sound. The sound of the Merc would have been fine enough.

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Best I have ever seen

Wonder if it is d-box compatible - would love to experience the ride.
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Thanx !!!

Would luv to see France, one of these days, soon, I hope.

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Would luv to see France, one of these days, soon, I hope.

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Wow, it amazes me there are still people who haven't seen this!

Krasnavian, FLife member, has written various articles about it and knew the film maker when living in Paris. It has been posted on here couple of times before.


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Regardless, I still enjoy watching it first time...

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Thanx !!!

Would luv to see France, one of these days, soon, I hope.

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Come to France with your GTO, Jimmy! We'll drive it through the Paris streets at 4am and recreate this movie...

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