Distraught because you only have a few days in Paris, with so many things to see? There just might be a solution. There is a checklist of requirements, however, and in 1976 French film director Claude Lelouch met them all:
1) Balls of steel? check
2) In possession of a Ferrari 275GTB? check
3) A general disregard for pigeons and red lights? check
4) Up at 5:30 in the morning? check
5) Late for a date with a beautiful mademoiselle at the top of Montmarte? check
6) Insane enough to make a date with said mademoiselle at 5:30 in the morning? check
The result as you see above is the infamous short film C’était un Rendezvous. Shot in one take, with a 35 millimeter camera mounted to the front of a car, the film shows a high-speed drive through the streets of Paris in the early morning hours. Starting at the Périphérique at Porte Dauphine, the car tears past some of Paris’ best-known monuments such as Arc de Triomphe, Opéra Garnier, Place de la Concorde and Champs-Élysées, ending up at the foot of the Basilique du Sacré Coeur atop Montmartre.
So much of Paris’ landscape has changed since 1976. Well worth a watch.
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