Sunday, October 04, 2009

youtube clip of the day

It's Claude Lelouch's notorious 1976 short film C'était un rendez-vous, which is essentially a berserk 8-minute drive through Paris from somewhere out on the Périphérique to the Basilique du Sacré Cœur in Montmartre at hideously unsafe speeds. Apparently it was filmed in the early hours of the morning to avoid most of the traffic, though as you'll see there are a few near-misses with delivery vans, pedestrians and other cars. The opening titles make the claim that no camera trickery or speeding-up of the footage was done, on that basis some people have tried to calculate the actual speeds involved. It's emerged since that while the footage is real, the car involved was one of these (driven by Lelouch himself), while the manual gear-shift noises on the soundtrack were dubbed in later from one of these. The route taken is mapped here. Anyway, here it is:

In similar vein, here's London to Brighton in three-and-a-half minutes.

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