Video C'était un Rendezvous

C’etait un rendez-vous is one of those videos known for its historical heritage. The short film made in 1976 by Claude Lelouch shows a nine-minute drive through Paris at 5:30 AM.

The cult status of the video is widely acknowledged. Unfortunately, the original tapes got lost. However, the film has recently been re-mastered from the 35mm negative and released on DVD.

The footage of a cinéma vérité film was made in a single take with no editing, using a camera attached to the bumper of a Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6. The length of the film thus was limited by the capacity of the Eclair cam-flex camera reel which lasted under 10 minutes.

The soundtrack has been dubbed with the sound of Lelouch’s Ferrari 275 GTB. This vehicle produces the same V12 sound and the amount of gears selected in the video.

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  1. Worst edit I’ve ever seen…. there are strange inserts and cuts in this version… watch it on youtube or download the DVD torrent instead.
    The Ferrari was not Lelouch’s car.
    The film was officialy banned in france until a few years ago.
    After the shooting Lelouch had to go to the cops to hand over his licence. The officer took it and gave him back right away: “I said I would take your licence, but I didn’t say for how long”.
    I you watch the film picture by picture, you will see, on a right turn, two images of an old lady being almost rolled over.
    The girl at the end (she was Miss Sweden at that time) is one of his numerous wives, and the mother of his daughter Sarah.


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