Because It’s Friday: C’était un Rendez-vous (1976)

Posted on April 27 2012, 12:00am | Author: R* G | Filed Under: Rockstar

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.

  • Raab89on June 14 2012, 11:54amReplyFlag
    Rockstar, when you'll announce the next midnight club ?
    • Yairo_Martison May 5 2012, 11:47amReplyFlag
      Yes, you included Climb Dance!
      • AbAeternoon May 4 2012, 12:22amReplyFlag
        I love playing with the similar camera-angle available in all the GTAs.
        • Artyshoon May 1 2012, 3:22pmReplyFlag
          superbe court métrage ^

          • nonix81on May 1 2012, 3:38amReplyFlag
            Coming Soon: Grand Theft Auto WORLD TOUR !!!
            • DidierHon April 30 2012, 12:56pmReplyFlag
              wow that totally awesome :) you guyz should put that car in Grand Theft Auto V, i think that would be a good idea and like what you guyz said after Max Payne 3 we are going to hear more about GTA V, I just have some ideas about GTA, hope you guyz will like it. You guyz should make car signals :) i think that will make the game perfect :)
              • SFX6669on April 30 2012, 11:54amReplyFlag
                "Comments attributed to Lelouch indicate that he acknowledges the moral outrage over his method of shooting this film as valid.[citation needed] He also states that he was prepared to take the risks in making the film, but that he however was also ready to drop it if he came across any unexpected risk (pedestrian, hurdle, etc.)."

                "C'était un Rendezvous is the creation of the French filmmaker Claude Lelouch in 1976. Using a Mercedes 450SEL early one August morning, Lelouch attached a camera to the bumper of the car and sped through the streets of Paris. (The sounds of a Ferrari 275 GTB were added in post-production.) He gave the driver a set route from Porte Dauphine, through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur, which is straight through the heart of Paris. The driver is still unknown to this day, because Lelouch was never able to obtain a permit to close the streets. The driver, who Lelouch told officials was an F1 racer, went over the speed limit and blew off many red lights. When this film was first shown, Lelouch was arrested, and because of this, the footage has spent many years underground before it began to resurface on DVD a few years ago. Lelouch used a new technology of the time, a gyro stabilized camera mount, in order to mount the camera on the car. The problem with this is that the technology of the time only allowed for a ten minute film with this mount. Lelouch told his driver to rush because of this time limit, and the video itself is only about nine minutes. In our velocity graph, we used all footage of the car when it was in motion."

                French Touch !
                • RandomMuggeron April 30 2012, 9:24amReplyFlag
                  Uhh? Doc? Hang on Marty!!
                  • R* Gon April 29 2012, 3:31pmReplyFlag
                    Oh yeah? Where are you seeing that info?
                    Here’s some articles and clips we’ve seen – check it out
                    Lelouch confessed to being the driver: "Of course. People were exhilarated by the action but morally outraged by the method. I can't say I blame them. It was my film, and I was fully prepared to take the risks."
                    THE MAKING OF (make sure to turn on closed captioning)
                    at 3:48
                    • ForRealmson April 29 2012, 4:51amReplyFlag
                      The man behind the wheel is not Claude Lelouch, it's a professional racer Jacques Laffite.
                      • Bocho-6on April 28 2012, 4:36pmReplyFlag
                        Ahh man I thought this was the revisioned or remake of GTA London but good and very amazing any way....cant wait to do this in LOS SANTOS.
                        • babylove53on April 28 2012, 3:33pmReplyFlag
                          Thanks R*. Just the French touch.
                          • R* Yon April 28 2012, 1:55pmReplyFlag
                            @FisFis @WhatMakesUsHuman @DANIEL3GS @N9ne0sBaby & all others, glad you all enjoyed the video!

                            @Bosack01 Nice
                            • N9ne0sBabyon April 28 2012, 1:33pmReplyFlag
                              That was dope.. and crazy to see how quiet it was for a capital city.

                              Haha those pigeons were like "Oh Sh%*! :O"

                              152 Flying Rats left in Paris.
                              • EmmBranton April 28 2012, 1:27pmReplyFlag
                                Yes R*, I agree with Dino_jaram: where do you get these videos? I've never even heard about half of these films you guys post and I'm a film major! Nevertheless, this was another great movie. I get a nostalgic feeling of playing the Midnight Club and GTA series while watching this. Especially, when you change the camera mode to make it look you're seeing things from the car's perspective. It even took my mind off of Max Payne-albeit briefly.
                                • Tony_dizeon April 28 2012, 11:57amReplyFlag
                                  Manhunt 3 for 2013 ??
                                  • Dino_jaramon April 28 2012, 11:32amReplyFlag
                                    cool vid,
                                    where do u R* find all this vids?
                                    • Gosthunter57on April 28 2012, 7:36amReplyFlag
                                      J'ai pas tout compris mais il devait etre vachement louche.
                                      • Walnuttyon April 28 2012, 6:19amReplyFlag
                                        Damn dude got handles, drivin like there aint no tomorrow nice vid.
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