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C’était un rendez vous

42 years ago this month, a famous short film was shot at around 5 a.m. in Paris.  Adrenaline rush assured. Here it is in its entirety…

The driver got up to 200 km/h on the way to the Arc de Triomphe.  It was meant to be shorter, but a truck blocked the street he planned to take.  He had just one thought in his head “the film is about to run out.”  It would have been stupid to take all those risks and miss the money shot at the end.

For the anniversary of the film, here are some links you can check out:

Streetview animation from approx. 1500 screenshots

The ‘making of’ and other links from Luminaire, in French.

Website of Claude Lelouch

Here’s the route finished in just 8 minutes:


This anecdote features prominently in my travel memoir French License.  Read a sample.  Buy the book.  Keep a copy in your glovebox just in case.

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