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Speeding up: Ronin, BMW Films... and Rendezvous

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 10-Jul-2006 09:39

A couple of years ago BMW USA posted a series of short movies called BMW Films, starring Clive Owen as The Driver. The movies were available for download for a while, and then made into a free DVD (yes, I got one!). These are no longer available for download or purchase, so I put them in the "Collector's item" shelf.

The movies were directed by stars such as producers David Fincher, Ridley and Tony Scott, and directors including John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-Wai, Guy Ritchie, Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Woo, Joe Carnahan.

The films always have a different BMW partnered with The Driver.

Also if you like car chase scenes, it's hard to beat the Paris scene in Ronin. The movie, with Robert De Niro and Jean Reno has a great plot and cool car scenes.

But I found C'était un rendez-vous today on Google Video (below, if not removed). The film is available as a DVD on this site.

Lelouch had made enough money from his classic "Un Homme et une Femme" to buy himself a Ferrari, which he proceeded to drive with "enthusiasm" in his native Paris.

Whilst shooting another film, a new bit of equipment was being used - a gyro stabilised camera mount. Lelouch then came up with the idea for "C'était un Rendezvous". The camera used only had a ten minute film magazine - hence the mad dash to the steps of the Basilique du Sacre Couér in Montmatre.

On first showing, Lelouch was supposedly arrested. In his defence, he proclaimed he had taken all possible precautions. This included convincing a Formula One driver to helm the car (he refused to name him).

Subsequently the film went underground - occasionally shown in front of a Lelouch full-length feature on theatrical release. Outside of this, only poor quality pirate copies on VHS or a badly worn print were available. These would be played at car club meetings and slowly the film attained its mythical status with the arrival of the internet helping to spread the word.

What we do know is that there are no special effects or speeding up the film - Lelouch simply mounted the camera on the front of the car and shot it.






Also, note that the director probably broke a few driving laws in doing this movie. This is not an invitation to do the same. It's an example of artistic expression only (and crazy behaviour?) and you should always drive safely. Check this blog entry about driving in New Zealand.

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