Because It’s Friday: C’était un Rendez-vous (1976)
A vintage, vehicular treat for a Friday afternoon. The 10 minute legendary short, C'était un Rendez-vous (directed by Claude Lelouch) shows a driver tear through the almost-deserted daybreak streets of 1976 Paris in a Ferrari 275 GTB. At once soothingly hypnotic and heart-racing, the seamless first-person long-take culminates with its driver arriving to meet with a beautiful blonde.
Upon release, the short-subject film was extremely controversial - people were outraged that the movie was shot illegally and without permits, endangering motorists and pedestrians alike. Legend is that Lelouch was arrested immediately following the first showing. There was wild speculation over who the driver was; rumors of an unnamed Formula 1 driver, a taxi driver, and Lelouch himself.
Today, the film is recognized as a cult staple, and ranks with other great racing sequences. It turns out that the vehicle was actually a Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9, and the Ferrari was dubbed into the audio track during post-production. A special nod as well to our own Parisian street racing experience, which was released originally 9 years ago this month.
The Ferrari 275 GTB.