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22 April 2009 @ 09:54 pm
Can't stop, won't stop  
In 1978, French film director Claude Lelouch decided to make a short film about a driver racing through Paris at top speed in a single, unbroken first-person shot. He got together a fast car, a professional Formula One driver, and a camera mounted on the front of the car with a gyro stabilizer. He mapped out a course from Porte Dauphine, past the Arc de Triomphe, through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur. He applied for a permit to close the streets, but was turned down.

He filmed it anyway.

One hundred forty miles per hour through the center of Paris, baby!

Yes, those are real cars and pedestrians.

Lelouch showed the film publicly once. He was promptly arrested. The driver remains anonymous.
Current Location: at the edge of my seat
Current Mood: enthralledenthralled
Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬: vroomfrustratedpilot on April 23rd, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
I think I posted that for Bastille Day last year. First heard about it from a Ten-Best Awards issue of Car & Driver magazine (the topic being best movies involving cars). The editors tried to guess what kind of car it was being driven. According to Wikipedia, it was a Mercedes, but the engine noise was dubbed onto the film after the fact using competition GT stock sound.
Sartan: nutssartan0 on April 23rd, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Must have been early, still I was surprised how little traffic was around in 1978. Then again the French have been good about mass transit.

The fact that he showed it under his name is nuts.
gwalla: king crimson fingergwalla on April 23rd, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
AIUI it was filmed at 5 AM.
Tygerstormteller on April 23rd, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
The French are crazy.