Personally – I love the French attitude to authority. Here’s a film with passion, beauty, heroism and romance – yet not a word is spoken.
C’était un rendez-vous (direct translation: “It was a rendezvous”) is a short film by Claude Lelouch of a car driving through the street of Paris; in 1976 at about 5:30 in the morning. No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit.
Shot in a single take, it is an example of cinéma-vérité. The length of the film was dictated by the length of the film reel, and the gyro-stabilised camera was mounted on the bumper of a Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9
Ralph Martin, of GQ Magazine, says:
“The car runs sixteen red lights, crosses the median to avoid a bus, nearly plows into a few pedestrians and more than a few pigeons, and drives around a garbage truck on the sidewalk before pulling up in front of Sacre Coeur, with its picture-perfect view of Paris spread out at sunrise. Then, in a sentimental touch, the driver gets out to meet his lady, his rendezvous.”
The end certainly justifies the means.
This video takes about 2 minutes to really get going…Wikipedia can add more colour to this daring piece of cinematic history.
And for my friends who speak France here’s the “Making Of”:
Originally posted 2009-03-26 20:44:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter