By on January 4, 2013

Believe it or not, C’etait un Rendezvous is actually Claude Lelouch’s second most famous film involving motorsports – but as far as we know, Un homme et une femme hasn’t come out on Blu-Ray yet.

Long the stuff of underground legend, Rendezvous gained popularity over the last decade as a cult car-guy film, eventually getting a proper DVD release. In the era of easily accessible GoPro cameras and Youtube, the idea of an illegal street racing video is banal at best. But in 1976, this was automotive pornography crossed with high art.

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16 Comments on “Cʼétait un Rendezvous On Blu-Ray – A Reason To Upgrade From Betamax...”


  • avatar
    kitzler

    Had seen that clip on French TV, it was actually filmed at 5am where a guy on a motorcycle went around the Paris Peripherique at 200 Km/hr or better, it was pretty impressive seeing that the French are big fans of motorcyle sports.

    • 0 avatar
      MattMan

      It was not filmed on a bike. Google ‘Lelouch rendezvous’ and you can see he had a big-ass camera mounted on the front of a Mercedes.

      And while they blew through some red lights and scared the hell of a pedestrian or two, they weren’t actually driving that fast. People have demonstrated this by timing the distance between known landmarks. The sports car sound is dubbed and the low camera angle gives the impression of speed.

      • 0 avatar
        porschespeed

        While I loved ‘CRV’ as a kid, it was rather easy to tell especially back in the days of original Star Wars special effects that it wasn’t quite what it was purported to be. It was rather common knowledge that it was filmed using a 6.9 Benz. We didn’t care.

        For something much better – Getaway in Stockholm I and II are highly recommended. (Yes, there’s a guy that claims to be ‘Ghost Rider’ decrying the later films, no he doesn’t have a lot of cred.)

      • 0 avatar
        MeaCulpa

        @porschespeed

        As opposed to the “primate” producing the GIS movies? That **t s*** and the ******* world record holder d*****t should get along nicely as they’re both “men” of ill repute wanted by the Swedish Enforcement Authority. Non of those two should say f**k all about anything to anybody.

      • 0 avatar
        porschespeed

        MeaCulpa,

        I wasn’t making any value judgements on the personal lives of the producers, merely that GIS I&II were entertaining and fun to watch. I made no such statements for III-IX (or whatever they are up to now).

        Breakin’ da law on film tends to make one unpopular with the authorities, and one is free to view that as one wishes.

      • 0 avatar
        MeaCulpa

        @porschespeed

        The Enforcement Authority isn’t doing criminal investigations, they secure claims for creditors and enforce evictions. Both of “gentlemen” has considerable debt and has demonstrated no intention of repaying anything, everything is owned by strawmen to keep their creditors away. Morally one SHOULD always pirate their movies.
        They might be wanted for the behavior they display on the roads, and they should be, but that’s not what my rant is about.

      • 0 avatar
        porschespeed

        Mea Culpa,

        I’m beginning to get the impression they owe *you* money.

        If one were to get upset at every slimy businessman who hides behind multiple shell corporations, stashes assets offshore, stiffs their creditors, and is generally not a nice person one will be very unhappy most of their life.

        Were one to boycott all their products, one would drastically cut one’s choices. Once again, I’m only proffering opinion of the flicks, not the men behind them.

      • 0 avatar
        MeaCulpa

        @porschespeed

        No, they don’t owe me one dime personally. I’m just upset by the way both of them choose to “flash” stuff that they have gotten in illicit ways and feel for the victim left in both of their wakes.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    The video for Snow Patrol’s Open Your Eyes uses Cʼétait un Rendezvous.

  • avatar
    MattMan

    A friend and I drove the Rendezvous route during a trip to Paris. Parts of it we could not do, like the street right in front of The Louvre. There was a big street market/festival at the end by that cathedral; driving through there was strange.

    Pro tip: driving around the Arc de Triomphe is genuinely the stuff of nightmares.

    • 0 avatar
      Zackman

      “Pro tip: driving around the Arc de Triomphe is genuinely the stuff of nightmares.”

      Begging your pardon, you’re not supposed to drive AROUND the Arc de Triomphe, you’re supposed to MARCH THROUGH IT!

      Sorry, slow news day…

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      …Pro tip: driving around the Arc de Triomphe is genuinely the stuff of nightmares…

      It’s even more fun to navigate on a Friday night.

      • 0 avatar
        espressoBMW

        I would think that Friday night would not be too bad since traffic is at a standstill and so should have plenty of time to plot your course around the Arc.

  • avatar
    Ron B.

    It wasn’t the first movie showing the madness of French traffic ( a precursor to post Soviet driving tactics) . There was another filmed in daytime on a motorbike as suggested in the first post. But made in the late 1950′s when many French were just getting mobile again after WW2. I dont remember the title as i haven’t seen it for over 30 years. no doubt someone will remind me.

  • avatar
    Power6

    How much does BluRay really add to this, only so much you can do with the same old source. This smacks of “remastered” old Beatles tunes where some dbag in LA cranks up the gain.

    I like this one but the fake Ferrari sounds get old fast.

    • 0 avatar
      Battles

      I think BluRay would add a lot to this, I recently watched Bullitt on BluRay and couldn’t believe the detail I’d been missing all these years with crappy VHS and then DVD copies.


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