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#1 Bill Totolo

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 08:05 PM

Thought you guys might enjoy this.

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http://video.google....47&q=Rendezvous

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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I bought the DVD on ebay and it really is exhilarating to watch on the home system
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#2 Matt Irwin

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 01:47 AM

HA! I was just about to post this and you beat me to it.
Awesome. Simply awesome. It was really smooth... what do you think they used for the mount? Kenyon Gyro?
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#3 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 01:20 PM

It's an underground classic that has inspired many films. Rumor has it that legendary F1-driver Gilles Villeneuve was behind the wheel...
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#4 Mark Williams

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 01:44 PM

Sorry dont believe it at 6mins 4secs the cars indicator was flashing WAY to fast The film didnt look right either Looked speeded up then slowed at the right time.. Also and this could be compression but the some of the cars looked like pictures almost like itt had been done in a 3D Program..

Nice try though!
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#5 Delorme Jean-Marie

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 05:05 AM

no way for kenyion stab
i don't think it was gyro stab i sow a still of the rig for this shoot once and it was more of a traditional hard noze mount for car.
the first gyro system we used in france were from helicopter mounts (wescam) or some kenyon on heli side mount in the middle of the 90's.
the guy was lucky not to kill a pedestrian!
i think this film is stupid for the risks taken to achieve the shoot.
it's with the same risks we had on TAXI3 a camera assistant killed during a car stunt.
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