Tuesday, December 29, 2009

C'était un rendez-vous

One of my favorite auto films of all time.  Description below:

"C'était un rendez-vous ("It was a date") is a short film made in 1976 by Claude Lelouch, showing a high speed drive through Paris. 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 400 foot 35mm film reel, and filmed from a (supposedly) gyro-stabilised camera mounted on the bumper of a Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9. Lelouch himself claimed that the top speed achieved was over 200 km/h, somewhere between 230 km/h and 240 km/h. It is suggested that the sound was dubbed with the noise of Lelouch's Ferrari 275GTB, which has a corresponding number of gears and a similar engine note."

More info about the film could be found here.

Jay Leno decided it was appropriate to do one with the new Mercedes AMG SLS as well, though minus the near crash and running red lights.

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