RENDEZVOUS a Film by Claude Lelouch…Urban Legend

Rendezvous

Rendezvous

Rubber & Fumes created the honorable mentions category specifically to mention significant automotive videos, pictures, cars and events that deserve a place somewhere in Rubber & Fumes.  One of the first mentions that immediately come to mind was the short film by Claude Lelouch titled “Rendezvous”.

Rendezvous

Rendezvous

Some of you may have already heard about the film but for many of us this is something of an urban legend.  The eight-minute drive through Paris in the wee hours of the morning (approximately 5:30 am) has forever become engrained in car culture history and many attempts to copy or repeat it have been made.  The sounds of a high-revving engine, gear changes and screeching tires all seem to be coming from a Ferrari 275 GTB according to urban myth.  The film was shot in a single take by a gyro-stabilizing camera mounted on the front bumper.  The short film was due to the camera being limited to only carrying 1000 ft of 35mm film or 8 minutes worth.

Urban legend has it that upon the film’s release, it was not known who the driver was.  Rumors circulated that it was an F1 driver, a taxi driver, or Claude Lelouch himself.  Perhaps the biggest rumor surrounding the film however was that Claude Lelouch was arrested upon the first screening due to the illegal nature of the film.  None of these rumors can ever be confirmed nor denied.  Just enjoy the Film!

BLOWN AWAY BY AYRTON SENNA DOCUMENTARY TITLED ” SENNA”

This past Sunday I had the distinct pleasure of viewing one of the best documentary’s I have seen in a while.  The film was simply titled “Senna” which documented the life of Formula 1racing phenom Ayrton Senna.  I don’t think there is anyone in the car world that hasn’t heard the name Senna, but for those who haven’t, it really didn’t matter.  I actually brought my wife, who doesn’t know much about racing, and she walked out of theater in tears adoring Ayrton like the rest of us.  Don’t get me wrong, it certainly didn’t hurt to watch footage from the onboard camera as Ayrton flies through the streets of Monaco on the big screen either.

Although there was some amazing footage of Formula 1 racing and excellent documentation of the Senna/Prost wars, the film was so much more inspiring than that.  Ayrton was such a sincerely loving individual in which the film did an amazing job of showing.  I really felt as if I knew Ayrton as a friend after leaving the theater.  To many, Ayrton was a modern day hero, an underdog that everyone rooted for, because he fought every day for God and his country against impenetrable odds.  He did so because he couldn’t stop as he was quoted saying in the film.  He was a true and whole person  and an amazing competitor in every sense of the word.  He is very much missed.

The Director of the film, Asif Kapadia, was brilliant enough to get what the goal of the film was about and worked diligently with Ayrton’s family and film team to produce this wonderful tribute of a great man.  Asif was kind enough to hang around after the film for some Q & A which I was able to record and put at end of this post.  I was also fortunate to snag a picture with Asif.  If you haven’t done so already, please show your support, go out and see Senna or buy the DVD you will be very happy you did.

Watch Asif talk about making the film after the debut: