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Old February 28th, 2006, 11:58 PM   #1
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"C'etait un Rendezvous", by Claude Lelouch

You guys are gonna love this...

On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted
a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a
friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed
through the heart of Paris. The film was limited for technical reasons
to 10 minutes; the course was from Porte Dauphine, through the Louvre,
to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur.

No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit.

The driver completed the course in about 9 minutes, reaching nearly
140 MPH in some stretches. The footage reveals him running real red
lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians, and driving the wrong way up
real one-way streets.

Upon showing the film in public for the first time, Lelouch was
arrested. He has never revealed the identity of the driver, and the
film went underground until a DVD release a few years ago.
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Old March 1st, 2006, 12:50 AM   #2
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Brilliant mate...

Having lived and worked for many years in Paris I've driven those streets a thousand times...my Vespa scooter never went quite that fast though...

What really strikes me is how little the city has changed in nearly 30 years...

except for traffic... I'd reckon these days even at that hour of the day, the city would be snarled up with traffic...

Cheers for that..made my day!!

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Old March 1st, 2006, 12:57 AM   #3
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Good Driving! That sounded great through my JBLs and Hafler sitting next to my monitor. Fun.
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