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Forget Bullitt, The French Connection etc. Believe the hype! Knowing this is for real makes it gripping, no dialogue, 2 actors, on screen for 5 seconds. 10 minutes of pure high Octane exitement in a classic Ferrari on the streets of 1970's Paris. Excellent.
Trivia for C'était un rendez-vous (1976)
* The film was shot in a single take, without any special effects or stuntmen, with the director driving the car.
* The idea for this film came to Claude Lelouch after hiring a gyro stabilized camera mount for a film he was working on at the time.
* The film is nine minutes long because the film cartridge in the camera could only hold 10 minutes of film and it was taken in a single shot.
* Lelouch was arrested shortly after the film was screened but was later released without charge.
* The route taken in the film is 10.42 km long (6.48 mi). It takes the driver 7:57 to cover that distance, giving him an average speed of 78.64 km/h (48.86 mph).
* According to recent claims by Claude Lelouch, he was driving his own Mercedes in the film, and later dubbed over the sound of a Ferrari 275GTB to give the impression of much higher speeds. Calculations made by several independent groups using the film show that the car never exceeds 140 km/h (85 mph), which seems to lend credence to his recent comments.
* Three people were in the car, with Claude Lelouch at the wheel.
* Resulting in a notable contrast of moods, the original release of this film in the U.S. was as a short showing before Woody Allen's Interiors (1978).
* Until recently, there was no confirmation of who was driving or what car he was driving. Over the years, various sources claimed an F1 driver was at the wheel of a Le Mans Matra 675, Ferrari 275 GTB, or an Alpine A110. However, Claude Lelouch confirmed on his official website in March 2006 that he was driving, and it was a 6.9 litre Mercedes.
* This footage is now being used as the music video for Snow Patrol's latest single "Open Your Eyes". (March 2007)