Monday, January 12, 2009

It's 1971, and you're in a ferrari driving the streets of Paris... holy merde!


"...He had recently purchased a Ferrari and had the idea to mount a gyroscopically stabilized camera low on the front end of the car and navigate a predetermined route through the streets of Paris, during the early morning hours when traffic and pedestrians would be relatively sparse, at a ludicrously high rate of speed..."
I've seen this clip before, but not until now have I been fully briefed on the mythology of C'Etait un Rendezvous. Thanks, Dennis.

6 comments:

Dennis Cozzalio said...

Lindsay, what a coinkydink. The same day one of my oldest articles was unearthed by The House Next Door, you've tweaked another one. I wrote about this film, Claude Lelouch's C'Etait Un Rendezvous, back in April 2005. Here's the link to it if you or anyone else is interested in reading the story behind this incredible film.

Lindsay Vivian said...

Once again, you've enriched my life, my friend. I just bought myself a Grindhouse Experience boxed set, and yesterday I watched one called The Violent Professionals, an Italian cop film with about 4 car chase sequences that were not disappointing. That's when I remembered this clip, and decided to throw it on up. Now I guess I have to find out who the stunt coordinator was for it, and we will really be getting into coinkydink territory...
(My co-author is conspicuously absent from this string of dialogue, but he's the authority on car chases...)

Dennis Cozzalio said...

Ooh, The Violent Professionals. Was there an Italian movie made from this era that did not star Richard Conte? Probably not. (I hope not.) I will be looking for that one, fer sure.

And speaking of car chases, if you've a mind to, the American Cinematheque is featuring a great double feature next Friday night-- Richard Rush's delirious Freebie and the Bean and Hickey and Boggs, directed by Robert Culp and starring Culp and his I Spy costar Bill Cosby. (Script by Walter Hill.) This movie is one of my holy grails and the fulfillment of one of my new year's resolutions and, like Charley Varrick and The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 last year, I would miss this program only on pain of death!

Thanks, too, for bringing the Claude Lelouch film back into my consciousness. Ain't blogging keen?

Lindsay Vivian said...

Keen, fer sure! I was definitely thinking about going to Freebie and the Bean, as I haven't seen it before, and I understand it's got some funny stuff going on. would you believe i can walk to my house and back from the Egyptian during intermission?! Kind of be a shame if we couldn't have an informal tottie, maybe a slice of pizza in the hood...

Gordon said...

Let me enrich your life, Lindsay. that video is TITS. as are all of your postings. I'm going to cover that stepfather song ...

Lindsay Vivian said...

You better let me know where in when, buddy!