Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

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Claude Lelouch’s Rendezvous

Via Slate, this pretty amazing short film consisting of a drive through the streets of Paris– at 140 mph.

Claude Lelouch's Rendezvous… from Dat on Vimeo.

As Kevin Conley explains,

The director, who had no permits to film or to stop traffic, hooked a camera to the front bumper of a Mercedes-Benz (in the only bit of film trickery, the sound of the motor was played by a five-speed Ferrari) and filmed the entire movie in a single cinema-verité take: He drove through the streets of Paris at five in the morning, through red lights, around the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs-Élysées, against one-way traffic, over sidewalks, at speeds up to 140 miles per hour. The film ends after nine terrifying minutes when the driver parks the car in Montmartre and a blonde comes up the stairs toward Sacre Coeur. (It was a date.) After the first showing, the director was arrested for endangering public safety.

I suspect if you're familiar with Paris, this is even more terrifying a spectacle.

2 Comments

  1. I only saw part of it because it made my computer crash. I am very surprised the filmmaker didn’t crash. Any other time of the day he probably would have killed someone.

  2. No doubt– it was an amazingly reckless thing to do! I think I won't be showing this to the kids for, oh, 30 years or so.

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