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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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