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Old February 3rd, 2010, 06:18 AM
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Claude Lelouch - 1976

"C'était un rendez-vous"

"Shot in a single take, it is an example of cinéma-vérité. The length of the film was limited by the short capacity of the 1000 foot 35mm film reel, and filmed from a (supposedly) gyro-stabilised camera mounted on the bumper of a Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9. A photo has surfaced that seems to reveal an Eclair cam-flex 35mm camera with a wide angle lens, and a typical "speed rail" hard mount - no gyros - on a Mercedes. This model, which could reach a top speed of 235 km/h (146 mph), was only available with a 3-speed automatic transmission. Yet, one can hear gear changes up into 5th, as well as heel-and-toe down-shifting with a high-revving engine indicating speeds of well over 200 km/h. Calculations made by several independent groups showed that the car never exceeded 140 km/h (85 mph)[1], while another[2] estimated that the car had peaked at 220 km/h (136.7 mph). Lelouch himself claimed that the top speed achieved was over 200 km/h, somewhere between 230 km/h and 240 km/h.[3] It is suggested that the soundtrack was dubbed with the sound of Lelouch's Ferrari 275GTB, which has a corresponding number of gears and a V-12 sound that is quite distinct from that of any V8, including the 6.9 liter V8 of the alleged Mercedes camera car.

A making-of-the-rendezvous documentary indicates that Lelouch himself was the driver, that the car driven was the Mercedes, although the sound track is from a Ferrari. One observer was posted, with a walkie talkie, close to the Louvre palace at the only blind junction (archway) to assist the driver,[4] however Lelouch has revealed that the radios failed, and if the assistant had tried to warn him of a pedestrian the message would not have been received.

Due to the increasing demand and the limited distribution of original tapes,[citation needed] the film has recently[when?] been re-mastered from the 35 mm negative and released on DVD.[5]"

"The route was as follows: Bd Périphérique (exits at Porte Dauphine) · Av Foch · Pl Charles-de-Gaulle · Av des Champs-Elysées · Pl de la Concorde · Quai des Tuileries · Pl du Carrousel · R de Rohan · Av de l'Opera · Pl de l'Opéra · Fromental Halévy · R de la Chausée d'Antin · Pl d'Estienne d'Orves · R Blanche · R Pigalle · Pl Pigalle · Bd de Clichy · (aborted turn at R Lepic) · R Caulaincourt · Av Junot · Pl Marcel Aymé · R Norvins · Pl du Tertre · R Ste-Eleuthère · R Azais · Pl du Parvis du Sacré Cœur. [6]"


For those of you that know Paris, this film is truly fascinating;

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Old February 3rd, 2010, 10:01 AM
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I love this film. It was obviously risky and should never be recreated but I must admire it. It is even more impressive to me that it was accomplished with one of my favorite "old man" cars, what a feat.

I would love to have its older brother....

http://www.copleymotorcars.com/merce...5.5vo1747.html
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 10:47 AM
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Awesome.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 11:48 AM
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Fantastic!
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 12:25 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pbtakacs

I would love to have its older brother....

http://www.copleymotorcars.com/merce...5.5vo1747.html


I always liked the earlier 6.3
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 12:36 PM
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 01:54 PM
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Claude recounts; "et la j'ai attaqué" - and the passenger braces himself.

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