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"Rendezvous in Paris" -- fake?

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  1. Brent

    Brent Member

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    Does this race through Paris streets seem faked? If not, it's pretty insane driving.

    YouTube - Rendezvous in paris

    From the YouTube comments:

    "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 early in the morning . 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.

    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.




    No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit."
     
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  3. graham

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    Yes! this is a very famous film! Fun/terrifying to watch.

    Supposedly it ends up being the inspiration for latter day races like this:
    32 Hours 7 Minutes
     

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