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“C’etait un Rendezvous” explained

posted by Giannis

What is the best car chase in the history of modern cinema? The one from Bullitt with Steve McQueen driving the legendary Ford Mustang? Vanishing Point was also great with the iconic white 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, as was Ronin featuring an Audi S8, a BMW M5 and an MB 450SEL 6.9. Sadly, many forget “C’etait un Rendezvous” by Claude Lelouch. It’s a short film, a bit less than 10 minutes, featuring a drive through Paris. one early morning of August 1976. It was shot in a single take, from a gyro-stabilised camera. The rumour has it that it was shot using a Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9, with the sound coming from Lelouch’s own Ferrari 275GTB.

The film has received hard criticism over the risks involved during the shooting, but truth to be told, it’s wonderful. You can watch the full video after the jump, as well as Drive’s Alex explaining the film in detail!

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