C'était un Rendez-vous (1976)
Rendezvous was an action sequence shot by Claude Lelouche . It consisted of a single reel, barely ten minutes long, which was shot from a fender mounted camera on a car, the type of which it was not possible to identify from the film. At the time ten minutes of film was all that would fit in the camera. The sequence itself consists of an early-morning fast drive through Paris. The impression of speed is given because the camera is mounted close to the road, but the actual speeds can be determined using a stop-watch and the known distance of the length of the streets used in filming. The speeds are pedestrian compared with what may be achieved on the same route. Controversy surrounded the film for decades because Lelouche claimed that he used his Ferrari, but never proved this fact. The soundtrack was certainly recorded using the exhaust note of the Ferrari 275GTB but even casual listening reveals that the soundtrack is dubbed, because of the mis-matches.
Left to right: Claude Lelouch, Jean Luc Godard , Francois Truffaut , Louis Malle , Roman Polanski
I never saw the original movie and I doubt many people did. Most who had seen it saw it on a videotape copy. Periodically a company would pop up offering copies of the tape but I never managed to obtained one, despite sending cash. With the arrival of the internet, digital copies of the VHS tape circulated and some were good enough that all the detail could be distinguished satisfactorily. Finally, perhaps ten years ago, an English company, Spirit Level Films, obtained the original reel and made a transfer to DVD.
In the last few years (2007), Lelouche came forward and revealed the details of the making of the film, which spread quickly across the internet. Lelouche has used his Mercedes-Benz 450SL 6.9 .
One interviewer asked Lelouche a question concerning the moral implications of speeding through Paris (as if French taxi drivers did not exist) but Lelouche drops the pass. He should have answered:
»Performance Art does not take place within a Moral Framework: Yours or any one else's.«
Exit the Peripherique at Porte Maillot
Join Avenue De La Grande Armee
L'Etoile Arc de Triumphe
Avenue Des Champs Elysees
Right at the Place De La Concord
Left Quai Des Tuileries
Left Port Du Carrousel past the Louvre
On to the Rue de Rohan
Left up the Avenue De L'Opera
At L'Opera, right onto Rue Halevy
Through Rue De La Chaussee
Right passed St Trinite and onto Rue Blanche
Right onto Rue Pigalle.
Left at Place Pigalle down Boulevard de Clichy
Right Rue Caulaincourt
Right on Avenue Junot, which becomes Rue Norvins
Left past Cimetire St. Pierre,
Right on Card Guibert
Right into the Place du Parvis du Sacre Coeur.
Porte Maillot Metro to the Arc de Triomphe takes 40 seconds: Distance is only half a mile (45mph).
From the exit at Place De Gaulle down the Champs Elysees to the entry at Place de la Concorde 66 seconds over 1.1miles (60 mph).
From the Concorde Exit down the Quai Des Tuileries to the Pont Du Carrousel is .7miles in 38 seconds (67mph).
+ EXTERNAL LINKS
- C'était un Rendez-vous (1976) at www.youtube.com
- The Making of Rendezvous at www.youtube.com with Claude Lelouche driving the route in the same Mercedes-Benz
- Calculation of the speed of the car used in filming
Note the 1971 Ford Mustang parked at the side of the Champs. One of two 1971 Ford Mustangs we will pass during this journey.
The Second 1971 Ford Mustang visible in this movie. What I cannot understand is why two 1971 Ford Mustangs would be out at this time in the morning. All the rest of the traffic is municiple workers, bakers, cafe proprietors, et cetera.
Café le Consulat
Sacre Coeur .
Note how close to the road surface the lens of the camera is mounted.
There is one scene in Monte Carlo or Bust (1969) which is filmed on the steps which the lady has just climbed.
+ SEE ALSO
- Links for use in Paris
- Ronin (1998)
- Funny Face (1957)
- Paris to Cannes: Racing the Train Bleu
+ EXTERNAL LINKS
- Circuit de Périphérique - The French thoughtfully provided a race circuit around Paris called the Boulevard Périphérique Several motorcycle riders (notably the Black Prince) have set very fast times in both darkness and daylight.
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