Is This The Greatest Car Movie Ever Made? C’était un Rendez-vous Revisited


In 1976, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch made an eight minute movie called C’était un Rendez-vous (translation: It Was A Date). In the film, Lelouch hit the streets of Paris at five thirty one August morning and – in a single take – filmed himself racing hell-for-leather through the streets of the French capital at speeds of over 100mph. The Frenchman ignored red lights, drove on the sidewalk, narrowly avoided crashing into pedestrians and other vehicles, frequently crossed over the center line and drove the wrong way up one way streets. Racing at high speed from the tunnel of the Paris Périphérique at Porte Dauphine to the Basilica of Sacré Cœur in Montmatre, Lelouch never loses his cool.

This extraordinary film has gone down in history as one of the most daring, exciting street racing movies ever made. You may well have seen C’était un Rendez-vous before, in which case we invite you to reacquaint yourself with this legendary film. If you haven’t seen it, buckle up and enjoy the ride.